Post-operative care & rehabilitation

Post-operative Care

When surgery is completed, you will be taken to the recovery room for a period of close observation. Your blood pressure, heart rate, breathing, and body temperature will be closely monitored by the recovery room staff. Special attention will be given to your circulation and sensation in your feet and legs.

When you leave the hospital, your knee will be covered with a bandage, and you may be instructed to walk with the assistance of crutches. You also may be instructed to ice or elevate (raise) your knee.

Your surgeon will likely provide further details regarding post-operative care for your specific procedure. 


Steps for rehabilitation following a meniscus repair or an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) procedure vary from surgeon to surgeon. To learn what activities will be involved in your own rehabilitation, consult your orthopaedic surgeon.