How long does it take to recover from MCL reconstruction surgery?
Recovery time from medial cruciate ligament (MCL) reconstruction surgery varies from patient to patient depending on the extent of the injury, the patient’s overall health, and their willingness to follow post-surgical guidelines. In general, Dr. Williams advises the use of a weight-bearing brace to help protect the knee for up to 6 weeks. Dr. Williams may have the patient use crutches throughout the first 2-3weeks, depending on the severity of the injury. Pain medication is also provided to the patient to aid in the healing process and should only be taken as directed. As tolerated, patients may begin to decrease the use of crutches and brace to allow the knee to become accustomed to bearing weight again.
Most importantly, Dr. Williams will outline a rehabilitation program for the patient, including stretches and physical therapy exercises the patient must follow. This program will help to regain the patient’s normal range of motion, as well as increase flexibility and regain muscle strength. These exercises are imperative for the best recovery. After a successful rehabilitation program, Dr. Williams will release the patient to participate in full sporting activities at about 4-6 months following surgery.