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How long should the crutches stay on after ACL reconstruction?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: Variable

Crutches assist with walking after an acl reconstruction because the quad muscles are usually inhibited and not functioning after knee surgery.
As the quad muscles return to function, you should be able to wean off the crutches. Some patients are using the crutches 2 months after surgery. Some of my patients with all-inside acl reconstructions are off crutches within days. It depends!

In brief: Variable

Crutches assist with walking after an acl reconstruction because the quad muscles are usually inhibited and not functioning after knee surgery.
As the quad muscles return to function, you should be able to wean off the crutches. Some patients are using the crutches 2 months after surgery. Some of my patients with all-inside acl reconstructions are off crutches within days. It depends!
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu
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Dr. Kevin Shaw
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: See your surgeon

I recommend my patients stay on crutches 2 weeks.
There are circumstances that might require being on the crutches longer so you should definitely ask your surgeon.

In brief: See your surgeon

I recommend my patients stay on crutches 2 weeks.
There are circumstances that might require being on the crutches longer so you should definitely ask your surgeon.
Dr. Kevin Shaw
Dr. Kevin Shaw
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