Pre-operative ACL surgery: What to do prior to surgery


ACL surgery

Giants Safety Stevie Brown preparing for ACL surgery at the Andrew’s Institute


Now that the bad news has been told and you’re pretty pissed off that the doctor confirmed  a either a torn ACL, MCL, meniscus or all of the commonly torn knee ligaments, you can now prepare for the day of your surgery.

Here is a list of things you need to to to ensure a healthy and speedy recovery.

4 weeks prior to surgery:

  •  Stop tobacco use and alcohol 4 weeks prior and 8 weeks after surgery to help your wounds heal more quickly and reduce your risk of infection.
  •  Utilize the home therapy exercises everyday prior to surgery.  It’s important to keep your thigh muscles working to keep your full range of motion.
  • Eat Healthy! This means a gallon of water every day and eating your fruits and vegetables. Try to go organic to stay away from commercialized food with GMO’s and pesticides. See What to eat before ACL surgery to recover faster


2 weeks prior to surgery:

  •  Do not take any herbal medicines, weight-loss products or supplements 7 to 14 days before surgery.
  •  Do not take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for 7 to 10 days before surgery. Medicines such as naproxen (Aleve) and ibuprofen (Advil or Motrin). These products can interfere with bleeding control and anesthetic medications.Talk to your doctor if you have any questions about your medicine before your surgery

The night before surgery:

  • Do not eat, drink or smoke anything after midnight on the night before your surgery. This includes no gum, breath mints or candy Remove any nail polish you have on. If you have any body piercings, remove them.
  • Shower using the CHG soap you were given at your doctor’s office. Read the handout Getting Your Skin Ready for Surgery for instructions.

The Day of your surgery:

  • The day of surgery

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