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When will swelling go down after an ACL surgery?

When will swelling go down after an ACL surgery?

2-6 weeks: Typically, the swelling will subside in 2-6 weeks, but may take longer if a patient does not progress with physical therapy. ...Read more

Dr. Allen Lu
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Acl Reconstruction (Definition)

Because an acl (anterior cruciate ligament) cannot heal itself on its own, an acl is "reconstructed" by placing a graft tendon substitute (from your own or donor cadaver tendon) placed into tunnels made in the original acl position, and fixed in place with screws, buttons, or other fixation device. The body then replaces the cells and structure of the graft over 6-8 months, ...Read more


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Leg is significantly swelling and some purple on foot after ACL surgery. How long until the swelling goes down?

Leg is significantly swelling and some purple on foot after ACL surgery. How long until the swelling goes down?

Some is expected...: How long has it been since your procedure? Pain and stiffness are expected to a certain degree in the recovery phases of acl reconstruction. If you had recent surgery I would suggest you continue rice, post-op exercises, and pt as directed. However, if this pain seems to be indicative of infection or DVT (due to time frame of surgery or any other symptoms) then contact your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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I had an ACL surgery (type autograft) 23 days ago! Swelling decreased a lot after 17 days, but past 5 days and so, swelling has increased!?

I had an ACL surgery (type autograft) 23 days ago! Swelling decreased a lot after 17 days, but past 5 days and so, swelling has increased!?

Tell your surgeon!: Acl surgery can cause swelling in the knee, especially in the early recovery. It is most important to work on regaining full extension over the next several days to weeks. The swelling should progressively improve as well. If you have calf swelling or pain, there is a small chance that you have developed a blood clot. Sometimes as you increase your rehab you will have a few days of swelling. ...Read more

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11 weeks since from mcl tear surgery and acl reconstruction started work again and am very having mild swelling with a tired feeling. Is that normal?

11 weeks since from mcl tear surgery and acl reconstruction started work again and am very having mild swelling with a tired feeling. Is that normal?

ACL/MCL: Yes, early fatigue is normal because of lack of strength. It takes time for you to re-build stamina. It is always good to check in with your surgeon as well. ...Read more

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Had an ACL surgery 6weeks back. There is still considerable supra patellar swelling. Extension lag is 30 deg. When I can get full extension?

Had an ACL surgery 6weeks back. There is still considerable supra patellar swelling. Extension lag is 30 deg. When I can get full extension?

ACL surgery: Following ACL surgery and bone patellar tendon bone (BPTB) autograft it is not unusual to have post operative swelling from the graft site. I am concerned that you have a 30 degree extension lag and I would consult with your surgeon to ensure that there has been no injury to the patella, patella tendon and that your brace (if you are using one) is not locked in a flexion setting. ...Read more

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What is the typical time for knee swelling to go away after meniscus arthoscopic and ACL reconstruction surgery?

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What is the typical time for knee swelling to go away after meniscus arthoscopic and ACL reconstruction surgery?

1-4 weeks: It sometimes depends on the type of reconstruction as well as bleeding within the joint. Because of this, it is difficult to predict the amount and duration. Most of these resolve as the body seals and starts to heal. The body also starts to absorb everything over the first month. ...Read more

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Hi, I had a ACL surgery Patellar tendon (Autograft) on Mar26 which is closely 4months by now. Now I am noticing some swelling on the right knee.

Hi, I had a ACL surgery Patellar tendon (Autograft) on Mar26 which is closely 4months by now. Now I am noticing some swelling on the right knee.

Reevaluation: Swelling can occur especially after a physically taxing day. If it does not improve, recommend notifying your orthopedic surgeon for followup visit. NSAIDs may be taken to help with reducing swelling ...Read more

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I had ACL surgery back in march and was playing football and landed wrong and felt I pop in my knee it is swelling and it hurts. Did I retear it?

I had ACL surgery back in march and was playing football and landed wrong and felt I pop in my knee it is swelling and it hurts. Did I retear it?

Possibly: Possibly and I would certainly let your surgeon know. Some times it can be simply the breaking up of some scar tissue adhesions from your surgery, but in the worst case scenario you can retear an acl ligament or a meniscus. A simple exam can go a long way in determining the likely cause. Thank you. ...Read more

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Acl surgery about 15 months back, again 3 months meniscus tear on interior took MRI and doctor said its ok to continue soccer, but pain n swelling?

Acl surgery about 15 months back, again 3 months meniscus tear on interior took MRI and doctor said its ok to continue soccer, but pain n swelling?

Pain& swelling notok: If it is painful and swollen then something is not rigth and to cont to play on it is less than a good idea
you should re discuss with your surgeon or seek another opinion. ...Read more

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My husband had ACL reconstruction sept 2012 and is having swelling there again. What do we do?

Agreed: I agree with the above answer; make an appointment to see your orthopedist to determine the cause of this swelling. A physical exam and possible further imaging may be required. ...Read more

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How long does swelling last after ACL reconstruction?

How long does swelling last after ACL reconstruction?

2-3 months.: Swelling following acl reconstruction is expected. It will go down over a 2-3 month time period gradually. You can ice the knee daily to help keep the swelling down. ...Read more

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Acl reconstruction 2 years ago but still pain and swelling. Any advice or tips?

See someone: Either go back to the surgeon who reconstructed your acl or get a second opinion from another sports orthopaedic specialist. Some subspecialize in knees, and may be a good choice if you are still having issues. ...Read more

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It's been a week after ACL reconstruction and swelling is a problem. What should I do?

It's been a week after ACL reconstruction and swelling is a problem. What should I do?

Some is expected...: Pain and stiffness are expected to a certain degree in the recovery phases of acl reconstruction. If you had recent surgery I would suggest you continue rice, post-op exercises, and pt as directed. However, if this pain seems to be indicative of infection or DVT (due to time frame of surgery or any other symptoms) then contact your surgeon asap. ...Read more

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Had ACL reconstruction & meniscus shaving 2 days ago & now feel a lot of swelling and stiffness, is this normal? My felt good and now so stiff

Had ACL reconstruction & meniscus shaving 2 days ago & now feel a lot of swelling and stiffness, is this normal? My felt good and now so stiff

Yes: Acl surgery can cause swelling in the knee, especially in the early recovery. It is most important to work on regaining full extension over the next several days to weeks. The swelling should progressively improve as well. If you have calf swelling or pain, there is a small chance that you have developed a blood clot. Talk to your surgeon if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How to deal with knee swelling. I had ACL reconstruction 6 years ago. I stay active, but my knee swells after playing soccer. Thank you.

Get it checked: Several things can cause a knee to swell after activity - knee cap problems, cartilage problems, even ligament issues after reconstruction. Consult your surgeon for a complete evaluation. ...Read more

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Acl reconstruction, 6 days out (hamstring). Muscle weakness, swelling, wobble when weight put on leg. Normal? Dr said I should be walking 1 week out.

Acl reconstruction, 6 days out (hamstring). Muscle weakness, swelling, wobble when weight put on leg. Normal? Dr said I should be walking 1 week out.

NOT AS PREDICTED: Your recovery is slow at best, but not necessarily an area of worry, unless there is a problem with your femoral nerve. Strongly urge followup visit in next few days with your surgeon, and find out if this is just a slow recovery or a post-operative complication which needs to be addressed. ...Read more

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I had acl reconstruction and meniscus repair. Pain and swelling in knee was typical. No swelling at all in foot until ten days later. Is this normal?

I had acl reconstruction and meniscus repair. Pain and swelling in knee was typical. No swelling at all in foot until ten days later. Is this normal?

Yes and no: It is not terribly uncommon for patients who have knee surgery to have swelling that then begins to track down into the ankle and foot. That being said, there are also people who have knee surgery that develop a blood clot, which can potentially be life threatening. So I would let your surgeon know immediately and follow his recommendations about whether your postoperative course is appropriate. ...Read more

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What to expect when going in for ACL surgery?

What to expect when going in for ACL surgery?

Hard Work: 80% of the outcome is dependent on good post-op therapy. Early active range of motion, weight-bearing as tolerated usually at first. Strengthening with closed chain exercises can start within the second month. By 4 months, it is possible to return to competitive sports if the therapy effort has restored 80% of thigh strength. Surgery takes 2 hrs., and is outpatient usually. ...Read more

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I'm 4 1/2 months post ACL surgery is it okay for me to go sprinting?

I'm 4 1/2 months post ACL surgery is it okay for me to go sprinting?

Acl: Recovery after acl sugery is a progression and each surgeon will have a specific protocol for u to follow pending on the type of graft and preferences. Consult yr surgeon for specific answer. ...Read more

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After an ACL surgery, is it out of the question to go to a concert 4 days later?

Not really: This depends more on the type of acl reconstruction and your mobility afterwards. Autograft (your own tendon) acls are typically more painful and affect your mobility afterwards. On the other hand, I have patients that are able to function quite well 4-5 days after surgery. Ask your surgeon for a better estimate! ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more