Physiotherapy plays an important role in early recovery. For a few weeks, you should exercise regularly your knees after surgery to restore movement and strengthen important muscles.
Recommended postoperative follow-up examination in case of ACL
Once you get home, put ice on your knees for 15-20 minutes per hour for the next few days, but keep the bandage dry. Ice helps reduce pain and swelling. In the first 1-2 weeks after surgery, the most important goal is to be able to fully straighten your knees again.
This is much more important at first than being able to cover long distances on foot. Too much walking will cause your knee to swell and hurt, preventing you from stretching your knee. Leave the dressing up until the first postoperative follow-up examination.
Recommended postoperative follow-up examination in case of arthroscopic knee surgery
Immediately after surgery, if pain while walking is minimal, it is not necessary to use a crutch or walker. If needed due to pain, the patient may choose to use a crutch or walker for a few days after surgery.
Most patients experience the benefits of arthroscopic knee surgery within 4-6 weeks. The reduction in pain and swelling, as well as the improvement in knee strength, movement, and coordination, can last for 3-4 months after surgery. A follow-up appointment should be scheduled for 6 weeks after surgery.