Knee ligament injuries with minimal damage may respond better to conservative treatment and not require surgery to improve. Patients will experience pain and swelling during the first days after their operation and will have their knee immobilized in a brace or a cast.
Since every procedure and individual is different, recovery will depend on the number and extent of repairs, the patient's overall health, and his adherence to physical therapy. While MCL and LCL surgeries require an average of 6-9 months for a full recovery, ACL, PCL, and multi-ligament surgeries could take 9-12 months of recovery and rehabilitation.
Physical therapy and rehab are crucial for a faster recovery and are performed gradually to avoid reinjury. Likewise, after returning to the prior level of activities, doctors recommend wearing a supportive brace to reduce pressure on the operated knee.
Most knee ligament recoveries have good outcomes, although certain risks are present even if their occurrence is rare. Patients should seek medical attention if they experience: