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How long is the recovery for ACL tear repair surgery?

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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 6 months.

In our practice, we use 6 months as a time frame for completing postoperative physical therapy and returning to sports activities.
Different doctors use different protocols.

In brief: 6 months.

In our practice, we use 6 months as a time frame for completing postoperative physical therapy and returning to sports activities.
Different doctors use different protocols.
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
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Dr. Christopher Piller
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 4-6 months

For everyday activities and light aerobic exercise, most people are quite functional in 4 months.
For high impact activities, especially pivoting, jumping or twisting sports, quick starts and stops, or activities that require quick changes in direction, the recovery can take a minimum of 6 months for the new acl to be strong enough. It also takes that long to strengthen the thigh and leg muscles.

In brief: 4-6 months

For everyday activities and light aerobic exercise, most people are quite functional in 4 months.
For high impact activities, especially pivoting, jumping or twisting sports, quick starts and stops, or activities that require quick changes in direction, the recovery can take a minimum of 6 months for the new acl to be strong enough. It also takes that long to strengthen the thigh and leg muscles.
Dr. Christopher Piller
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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 8-9 months

Although the time before your surgeon let's you return to sports varies, any pivoting sports place great forces through the reconstruction.
A autograft acl (your own tendon) typically takes 6-7 months to mature while an allograft acl (donor tendon) typically takes 8-9 months to mature. The higher your performance level, the more important it is to wait for the acl to heal and mature. 8-9 months!

In brief: 8-9 months

Although the time before your surgeon let's you return to sports varies, any pivoting sports place great forces through the reconstruction.
A autograft acl (your own tendon) typically takes 6-7 months to mature while an allograft acl (donor tendon) typically takes 8-9 months to mature. The higher your performance level, the more important it is to wait for the acl to heal and mature. 8-9 months!
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu
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