What happens after complex knee surgery?
How long is the recovery?
Every surgery and injury is different. Multi-ligament injuries are by definition, complex, and often have associated fractures, meniscal injury or cartilage injuries. These associated injuries can and will influence the postoperative recovery.
In general, rehabilitation following multi-ligament surgery begins immediately. Most patients are non-weight bearing in brace for the first 6 weeks depending on what ligaments are reconstructed and what other associated procedures are performed. It is important that patients full knee extension as soon as possible. Physical therapy will work on quadriceps activation as well as edema control. Dr. Vidal likes to see 90 percent flexion within the first two weeks. Further motion is obtained the first six weeks at which time the patient may begin putting weight on the knee.
Full recovery after this type of serious procedure can take 9-12 months of post-operative rehabilitation. It is important to continue with the rehabilitation protocol prescribed by Dr. Vidal in order to have the best possible outcome.