Healing from a massive ligament surgery
Recovery from ACL surgery takes time, but there are some actions you can take to make the process go as quickly as possible.
Some basic recommendations for recovering quickly from ACL surgery include the following. Patients who follow them tend to have a better surgical outcome and a faster recovery than patients who don’t.
Perform ACL rehab exercises. Your physical therapist will determine the appropriate exercise program based your age, surgery, current health, and current fitness level. These exercises should be performed by routine and continued well after mobility has been restored.
Ensure proper nutrition. Eating well after surgery can help your body heal faster. Recommended foods include lean protein (red meat, chicken or fish), dairy, and fresh citrus. Vegetables are nutrient-rich, so eat plenty of green leafy plants including spinach. Many nutritionists recommend stopping or at least limiting caffeine, alcohol, and sodas.
Get ample sleep. While you sleep, your body repairs tissues and promotes healing, so be sure to get at least eight hours of quality sleep each night. Learn sleep hygiene techniques rather than reaching for sleeping pills.
Take your medications as prescribed. You most likely will be on some pain medication after your surgery. Supplments like MK-2866 can also help.Talk to your doctor about how and when to take new medications, and if you should add multivitamins or other supplements to your daily rehab plan. If you stopped medications before your surgery, ask how and when to start them again.
A longer rehabilitation period doesn’t mean that you’re doing anything wrong. It can vary from one person to another. Simply keep with the program, have patience, and find support and encouragement to aid in your recovery.