Length of stay is for one night.
Return to driving is generally recommended at 4-6 weeks post-surgery once you are off the crutches and feel can safely make an emergency stop.
Flying is not recommended for 6 weeks after surgery (particularly long haul flights of >4 hours) to minimise the risk of a deep vein thrombosis.
Wound is closed with steristrips (paper stitches). This will be clarified by nursing staff on discharge. They will be removed at the 2 week follow up appointment.
Returning to work is dependent on the physical demands and can be discussed with Mr. Jackson.
Showering is not advised for 24 hours. Cling film can be used to wrap the dressing to keep it dry.
- ACL’s are reviewed at 2 weeks, 4 months and 9 months.
- At the 2 week appointment, you will meet Mr Jackson’s specialist physiotherapist and practice nurse.
- The physiotherapist will examine the movement of the knee and provide guidance on the next stages of rehab.
- The practice nurse will assess the wound, pain management and provide reassurance in relation to any queries.
- At the 4 month and 9 month appointments, Mr Jackson will meet you. If he is satisfied with your progress you may be discharged at the 9 month appointment.
Testing will also be carried out by the sports medicine department during your 9 month journey to ensure your recovery is advancing. These are generally carried out at the 4 and 7 month junctions and aid Mr Jackson and his team in monitoring your rehab.