How long does it take to recover after an ACL surgery?

11 months. Full recovery from surgery to return to play in nfl football players is 11 months. In general it is a 6 month to 12 month process to return to play. Surgery itself only takes 2 hours or less but it takes months for the ligament to heal in place and then months for the leg to regain strength and another few months to return to activity.

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How long would it take for me to recover so I can go back to softball after ACL surgery?

Acl. Many factors go in to return to sport. How the athlete has recovered from surgery, type of graft used, surgeon preference. This question best answered by the surgeon u choose to do yr acl. Read more...

Do you get a foley for acl surgery? Can u leave underwear on? How long does surgery take? Typical anethstisa?

Ask your surgeon. most if not all my Acl patients do not get a Foley catheter and I allow them to keep their underware if they want. Surgery is typically about a hour or so. It is done under general anesthesia, nerve block, or spinal anesthesia. Not local anesthesia. You have to drill holes in the bones and local cannot get there. . Read more...
Ask surgeon. This can vary among different surgeons and anesthesiologists. You should consult surgeon as far as use of regional or general anesthesia. Foley catheter is usually utilized if difficulty in voiding and sometimes routinely with surgery, Again ask doctor performing surgery. Read more...