An ACL injury is a very common knee injury that occurs in athletes and active individuals. Between 100,000 to 200,000 ACL ruptures occur in the US every year. Rotational stability is provided by this ligament and ACL reconstruction is usually the best treatment to restore full range of motion in young or active individuals. Here’s what you need to do when preparing for an ACL reconstruction surgery:
- In the weeks before the surgery physical therapy may be recommended to improve range of motion and strength as well as reduce pain and swelling in the knee. This will improve knee function after the surgery.
- Inform Dr. Chandra about any medical conditions, allergies, or health problems you have and if you are on any medications, as some medications may have to be altered or stopped.
- Dr. Chandra or a member of his staff will give you instructions about when you should not eat or take medication prior to the surgery. Generally, you will be advised not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day before the surgery.
- Practice using crutches before the surgery as you may need to rely on them to perform routine activities of daily living until your knee has sufficiently healed.
- You need to arrange for a friend or family member drive you home after surgery as you will not be permitted to drive by yourself for a few days after surgery
- Prepare your home by rearranging furniture and removing loose rugs to avoid risks of falling, and keep often-used items in places that are easy to reach.
ACL reconstruction is often performed using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques through small incisions and with minimal trauma to surrounding healthy tissue. The procedure can be performed in the outpatient setting with many patients returning home on the same day as the surgery or after an overnight stay.
You may be a candidate for ACL reconstruction surgery if you wish to maintain an active lifestyle after your ACL injury, other ligaments or your knee meniscus is also injured, or you experience knee buckling with routine activities.
Dr.Ramesh Chandra has been practicing orthopedic surgery in the Washington DC Metropolitan area since 1984. The Center for Orthopedics and Sports Medicine is easily accessed from anywhere in the Washington DC metropolitan area with offices located in Falls Church, Reston/Herndon and Tysons Corner. For all appointments and inquiries, please call 703 848-0800 or click here to request an appointment online.