How long is recovery for ACL reconstruction?

8-9 months. The initial recovery for acl reconstruction has dramatically improved. Most patients are now quite functional anywhere from 1-6 weeks after surgery, and can perform daily activities (and varies between surgeons and individual patients). However, the acl graft takes 8-9 months to fully mature, so pivoting activities still need to be restricted. Newer evidence is supporting the need to restrict.
Depends on extent of. Injury, age, rehab , and pre inury health status.

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What is the recovery time for an ACL reconstruction?

Several stages . Recovery from acl reconstruction has many stages. For an isolated acl recon., you will usually start bearing weight as soon as you regain quad control. That may be a few days to a couple weeks. Next work to regain full range of motion for a couple weeks. Next you strengthen the leg in therapy. Depending on you graft choice and your choice of sport you may be back to full release at 6-12 mo. Read more...

How variable is recovery time from a ACL reconstruction?

Not variable. There are 2 considerations for recovery after acl reconstruction. First is the immediate surgery recovery, which can vary depending on surgeon and whether your own tendon is used. Generally you can be walking normally somewhere between 1 and 6 weeks. More importantly, the graft does not reincorporate until 6-8 months for your own and 8-9 months for donor graft. You cannot be pivoting before then. Read more...
4 to 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. Read more...
Well. After any surgery, it takes time to heal from it. Most people with ACL repair surgeries will take 3-4 months to feel like the knee feels stable and stronger as the graft sets in. It can take up to 9 months to fully heal. Following your doctor's orders are key and when rehab starts follow it to a T. You will do just fine. If you are concerned talk to your doctor. Check Regenexx.Com. Read more...

What should I expect with recovery of ACL reconstruction?

See link. Here is link to detailed recovery http://www.Nycsportsmed.Com/pdf/2012/seneviratne%20acl%20rehab%20protocol%20 upper body work outs - no problem 6 weeks post op. Jogging on treadmill - usually can do after 8weeks post op. Cutting sports such as skiing, tennis, soccer - minimum 6months post op, but safest after one year. Read more...

What can I expect during the recovery of ACL reconstruction?

Rehab. Each surgeon performs that acl a little differently, but in general expect a week of rest, 5-6 weeks of range of motion exercises and quad activation, another 6 weeks of quad strengthening, 6 more weeks of rest with proprioception training. Some surgeons allow you to do more at 4 months, i tend to keep you down until about 8 months before any pivoting actions. Read more...

Acl reconstruction, just had mine done. Can you offer some tips or experiences for recovery?

Go slow. Full recovery is often 6-24 months. Early on gentle exercise, which should continue for at least 24 months. Many good repairs stretch out and may need a brace. Read more...
6-12 mos. Although many sources suggest a full recovery to sports in 6 mos, it may be 6-12 months before you can return to full physical activities. Timing depends on the amount of knee damage, type of graft, specific sport, competition level, & psychology http://www.emoryhealthcare.org/acl-program/surgical-recovery/acl-rehab-expectations.html http://www.aaos.org/news/aaosnow/dec12/clinical7.asp. Read more...

Is there a proven treatment that will speed up the recovery of my ACL reconstruction?

I wish there was. There is no magic to speeding up you acl recovery. Prior to doing surgery it is important to strengthen and rehab your knee so it is strong as possible prior to surgery. This will help minimize the atrophy and weakness after surgery. Minimizing the swelling postoperatively and initiating isometric and straight leg exercise afterwards will also help prevent atrophy. Read more...

My daughter is having MCL surgery. I cannot find much about it or the recovery online. Is recovery similar to an ACL reconstruction?

MCL repairs R not- -common these days. If a bone fragment came off with the ligament, it's a faster recovery as it is fixed solidly by wires or screws. If this a reconstruction, about the same as an ACL as far as recovery, which again depends on what is used as the graft. Expect a brace with limited motion, especially in extension. In extension the MCL is very tight so usually it's @ about -30 of extension.&rehab. Read more...

What is the normal timetable for recovery from ACL reconstruction and meniscus repair using pateller tendon?

Variable. Protocols vary a great deal, but typically the meniscus needs about 12 weeks to heal before aggressive range of motion and strengthening can begin. Typically 6-8 months before return to cutting sports is required. Read more...
6-8 months. It takes around 8 months for your newly reconstructed acl to heal enough to allow for cutting and pivoting exercises, regardless of the type of tissue used to reconstruct the acl. The meniscus is healed enought after 6 weeks to allow you to walk with out your knee locked in extension. Read more...

What's the recovery period from ACL reconstruction surgery? What are the tradeoffs in getting that surgery vs living with torn acl?

Varies. It varies a little based upon the the patient and also the surgical technique used. Most people are doing fairly well by about two weeks with an approximate 8-12 weeks to return to unrestricted activities. The decision to do an acl is based in large part on the activity level of the person (low demand vs high demand) and also how much instability clinically the patient has. Thank you. Read more...
6-9 months. Most acl patients are able to return to their sport around 6-9 months. Some collision athletes(football, hockey, etc ) say their knee feels 100% @ 1 year. Of course, age, activity returning to, graft choice for acl surgery, motivation and other factors are involved... Many middle- aged patients (30-50)may choose to strengthen their muscles and or brace their acl- deficient knee... Big topic. Read more...
6 months. Our protocol calls for 6 months of physical therapy, after surgery, before being released to all sports. At your age, if you live with a torn ACL, you're running the risk of your knee "giving out" on you, then causing more damage within the knee. Read more...