What kind of graft did you have? It will be longer for a patellar graft. Spooning is a great option. My best friend got me this book, which is amusing and inspiring
My surgery was 9 years ago and they had me on Percocet for 6 weeks. But didn’t tell me I needed to take a stool softener. The constipation that first week was honestly the most painful part of my recovery. I don’t think they prescribe opiates for such long periods anymore thankfully. But if you are still on one, you should be taking a stool softener. https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/opioid-constipation-treatment
You can get like this from Amazon also. I felt more comfortable with it.
I bought this to avoid taking the sock off etc. Just take off the brace and slip this on. It worked with no leaking for me! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B079514LQ6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_1F4DX4PQSNZS1VJV6E7Q?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Buying a shower chair was hands down the best investment. I’m at 7 weeks PO and I still use it
Drive Medical Plastic Tub Transfer Bench with Adjustable Backrest (color may vary) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002VWK0T6/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_NoEfFb7EQTZT5
propping my leg like this helped me keep my leg elevated without so much pain and you still get extension.
Setting the pillows up like this really help me keep my extension but also help with the pain I was having from just putting my heel on the pillow. Good luck with the rest of your recovery.
I’m one of those who have to shave or I go crazy. I bought one of these off Amazon. It worked out super well for shaving. I just put the rubber piece right up to my bandages and they didn’t get wet at all. I showered and shaved 2 days after surgery.
I got something akin to this. It's bulky and now shoved in a cupboard somewhere - but I found it worth the investment :) Think there's inflatable ones too.
The biggest thing I'd recommend is to get one of those old people toilet chairs, especially if you have an older, and therefore smaller, toilet. It's a life saver for the first two weeks.
Something like this would suffice.
Not as much as I thought it would be. There are 2 main hassles:
You will not be able to shower in your brace, and you will need to wrap your leg in a saran wrap not to make the operated area wet. Get that wrap ahead of time!
I made a list of helpful tools and tips for post-op that I used, I hope you will find them useful. I did not have friends or family around to help me before and after the surgery so I relied on tools and services to get me through (and I'm not associated with any of them).
It will all be fine.. Stick to what the doc told you to do, and it will all work out. I had some craziness happening when I got out of surgery a few weeks ago as well.
I ended up with mouth ulcers, guess from stress. The pain meds made me snore massively more than I ever had, and with all the snoring I dried my mouth out massively so I was up every hour drinking water. It all got better. Went to get tested for Strep it was all so painful.
So many ACL repairs happen everyday. The things that I did to help me, was to get off the prescribed pain meds and move to Naproxen as soon as I could, which was about 2-3 days after surgery. If the pain got too much for sleep, I would still sometimes take one at night before bed, but mostly I was good after those first few days.
Ice. Ice your knee as much as you can stand. I bought one of these and have been using it off and on for the last 3.5 weeks. Wish I had it week 1.AmazonSmile: Polar Active Ice 3.0 Cold Therapy Ice Machine System with Programmable Timer, Universal Rectangular Compression Pad, Lightweight 9 Quart Cooler, Quiet Pump, Strong Cyrotherapy Pain Relief Treatment: Health & Personal Care
Just breathe. I am 5 weeks out now and can walk without a brace very well, only stairs give me an issue, and I have to fix this annoying minor limp I have. It just takes time. Stick to your doc and PT schedule, and it will all work out.
Get a stretching strap it will help you get in/out of bed, in/out of shower then will be super beneficial for rehab in passive flexion, hamstring and calf stretching!
At 5 months, yeah!
As soon as I was cleared to get back in the water, ~5 weeks, I started hitting it hard. I pulled my workouts for a month and I did open turns for a while, then one leg flip turns. As PT progressed into stronger leg presses, I started using both legs to push off the wall.
Listen to your knee and push yourself some. If you need to take a break take one. I am part of a masters team and I just sat out some sets when it didn't feel right.
Start off easy and pull.
Can do some walking in shallower water to help strengthen leg.
If you like swimming, invest in some Neoprene shorts like these. Once you feel like you can kick and not just pull, these allow you to rest your legs if your knee starts hurting. It will also make you faster. (There are other brands, Roka's and TYR's are nice too. Both on Amazon.)
Here are my suggestions if you are going to do this on your own (or even with help).
The first 3 days you will be on meds every 2 hours around the clock. You cannot skip a single dose (even the 2 am ones!) or else you won’t be able to stay on top of the pain and spasms. You need to have an alarm set every 2 hours and have food on hand to take with the meds every time or else you will be nauseous and throwing up - which is the last thing you need. Therefore keep healthy food next to your meds and do it religiously.
Get a raised toilet seat cover (Amazon for like $25). You won’t have someone to help you with the bathroom so this will be a lifesaver. (This is the one I bought - having the higher seat and the arms will make all the difference in the world - trust me!) raised toilet seat . It’s not just for going to the bathroom either, I found it to be the only right height for trying to change my clothes and undergarments so it becomes the only spot you can sit to stand reasonably well the first few days.
If you have stairs to get into your apartment - line up a neighbor to help you get up them the first time after surgery. It’s very hard to do (but doable!) because your leg is braced completely straight - but the main issue is you will still be half out of it from the surgery anesthesia so you will have about 25% of your actual physical control as you do now on crutches. It will be impossible to do alone so ask the Uber driver or a neighbor to help. Trust me, anyone is willing to help if you ask for something like this even if you don’t know them yet.
Talk to the hospital ahead of time - most will not discharge you (legally) unless someone is there with you to take you home. If you absolutely must take an Uber and not have someone you will need to get pre approval from the hospital or else they may not legally allow it.
I bought a wedge pillow off amazon and have been keeping my leg constantly elevated since my procedure (now day 4).
My foot is a little annoyed with the reduced blood flow but I think that the wedge and icing have been keeping the swelling fairly controlled. This is the pillow I bought:
This is what I used under my brace: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C2CFKXN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Thin, not too hot, a decent bit of compression, held up well.
thank you for the advice, I found this machine https://www.amazon.com/Channels-Stimulator-Cleared-Electrodes-Seniors/dp/B07SNT6WBN/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?dchild=1&keywords=nmes+unit&qid=1596923984&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExOEdFSlA3U0dFUDdLJmVuY3J5cHRlZElk...
Here's a link. Be sure to select the proper size.
I used to have these exact ones but they got stolen....so i bought the Walmart equivalent....the Muller is a better product.
I am at 12 weeks and a few weeks ago had ROM limiting swelling esp in the horseshoe part above the knee cap etc. Got a full thigh high compression sleeve to wear as much as I can tolerate... really helped especially when I wore them overnight.
Make sure they’re medical grade (20-30mmHg was rec to me) and obviously check with your PT and/or surgeon. I found Mojo Compression Stockings 20-30mmHg Thigh Hi Leg Sleeve on Amazon were affordable and I like them so far.
Edit: just saw your comment about the hike - the compression sleeve is clutch when I’m on my feet all day.
There are great ice packs on Amazon for cheap. I've been using this one and it is great: https://www.amazon.com/FlexiKold-Gel-Pack-Standard-Large/dp/B0091IOISW/ref=pd_ys_sarp_29?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B0091IOISW&pd_rd_r=GSWZ1PEP98NS0T8NR4RV&pd_rd_w=MUqeB&pd_rd_wg=GS2qP&pf_rd_p=8328b5cc-59f9-4b32-ade0-718c89672d9c&pf_rd_r=GSWZ1PEP98NS0T8NR4RV&psc=1&refRID=GSWZ1PEP98NS0T8NR4RV
If you enjoy that I SERIOUSLY cannot recommend an ice machine enough.
If not that, then the large Sammons Preston cold packs are also amazing. The compression from the weight feels amazing and it's very pliable so you can wrap it around your whole knee.
I would suggest looking at this:
You also need the knee cuff so you are still looking at $100 but totally worth it. My PT recommended it during my Pre-Hab. It works great. You just use some tupperware containers or something similar to make ice blocks and set it in there with some water. Its gravity fed but that surprisingly get some great compression as well as being cold. Sit there for your 15-20 minutes and then put the cuff back above the container and the water goes back into the container and gets cold again. With 1 decent block of ice it will last 6-8 hours. so if you have 2-3 ice blocks frozen and ready you basically have nice cold compression on demand. Totally worth it. Also it is easy to travel with in a back pack. I'm 3 weeks post op and back to work and I bring it right with me and take breaks when I feel it getting swollen. F
Get one of these for home - NMES
Hi there! I'm currently 3 days post op and I've been using this pillow all day long. It's actually really comfortable and keeps my leg straight https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0B4B8PXTZ?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Can I just say that 3 weeks into no weight bearing- forearm crutches are superior to armpit style. Estimated another 7 weeks to go before I'm crutch free too.
Not sure where you are in the world but I also got the little flip down spikes that are great in the snow/ice. Link to something similar below.
I bought two ice packs off Amazon - I just always have a pair of sweats under the brace or a wrap around the incision site bc it gets a little condensation on it but it’s been a lifesaver to use ! I’ll link it in case you want to get it
Thermopeutic Reusable Ice Pack... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0794TZ2JD?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I use this one because of the knee wrap: Copperfit
When the ice pack it comes with gets warm, I'll shove in a random ice pack
I done exactly this, held them in place with an Elastic knee wrap
I use ankle weights. You can adjust the weight of them. I sit at the edge of a chair and put my foot on the edge of another chair and place them over my thigh right above the knee. I can take one for 20 minutes, and two for 10 minutes. I also sit on the floor with the weights on while I watch TV. I’m at -5 extension. My non-injured leg goes to -7 extension, so I’m still working on it. Early on, I really focused on how I walked, forcing my knee to seat properly on the tibial plateau as I did heel to toe with a push off from the balls of me feet.
These are the weights I ordered:
Sportneer Adjustable Ankle
I got this in the mail today. Took less than 48 hours. Got tired of trying to figure it out with my husbands’ construction protractor.
12 Inch Goniometer Transparent... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B094ZVM1F2?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Patience is bitter, but it’s fruit is sweet!
Yeah… it sucks. I lost a lot of mass/strength in my right leg. I was strength training and weightlifting on day 10 post-op again; but I only had an ACL tear and did an allograft.
For the 9 days before, I did nothing. ACSM, NASM or any other personal training/sports medicine institute will say 10-14 days is when you’ll potentially start losing significant muscle mass. It’s almost unavoidable un fortune. To offset any losses, keep a clean diet and get your protein.
For what it’s worth, I’m lifting just as much as I was before surgery in my upper body. Im 4 weeks post-op and am able to complete a 90 degree squat again (not weighted). You’ll be back before you know it!
Prime has some sweet deals on therabands right now! If you wanna be better than ever, focus in on stabilizer exercises for a while! You’ll maintain better and be stronger when you come back.
Gosh poor girl, this is pretty upsetting for her longer term knee health.
I suggest you pick up this book on Amazon:
Jenna Minneci is on several podcast too. It's just one perspective, but I think it's a story that happens more than we think. She tore her ACL twice as a young teen and even had to have some things revised later in life. I think one knee is still ACL deficient too. At 31 she has pretty advanced arthritis in both knees. She's able to live an active life now, but not any team sports. She's on Instagram and will message with anyone. I am sure there are stories that go both ways, but still 2 ACL tears at 15 is still pretty significant in the big picture.
I have this one.
Typically your surgeon provides you with one but I paid for my surgery out of pocket, and my surgeon suggested I buy my brace, cryo machine, etc on Amazon to save money. But this is the one I used. It worked great!!
No, you need one that locks at 0 degrees
I know it seems gross, but what has helped me the most is my commode chair. I'm currently 3 weeks post op and the chair is essential. My house has one tiny bathroom with no handrails by the toilet or in the bathtub. It is literally impossible for me to go #2 or take showers without it. I added a link to the one I got.
I do have one medically related opinion about PT that I hope you'll forgive me for sharing, but it is something I wish someone told me before previous ACL surgeries (this is my third)...I would wait awhile, until day 10 or so, before encouraging him to do the exercises on his own without supervision from his PT. The pain pump and the pills will make the exercises seem easier and less painful than they actually are, and he could do lasting damage to the graft/knee if he goes too hard too early.
as someone with a desk job that takes lots of hours, I cannot recommend enough a sitting desk or extender, something like the link below. It made a huge difference the moment I got it in everyday stiffness, strength and alignment. Increase the hours standing progressively, but the difference in feeling on the knee is great. https://www.amazon.com/VIVO-Ultra-Slim-Adjustable-Converter-DESK-V000I/dp/B07SFKQKY7/ref=sr_1_5?crid=1RSHZRIHNO8QD&keywords=standing+desk+extension&qid=1657012601&sprefix=standing+desk+extension%2Caps%2C165&sr=8-5
I'm not sure if you have any medical equipment post surgery but I had a machine that passively bent my knee and that was really important. So make sure you have an outlet and either a bed or couch that could accommodate that.
I also recommend a bag to hook up onto your crutches so you can carry things a bit easier. Crutch Bag Lightweight Crutch... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07SXDNYG6?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Get two of theseKnee ice pack
Give Ideal Knee extension a try for 3 to 4 weeks. Do it once every hour if your schedule allows you to or as often as you can. You need to be very diligent with this if you want to see results.
If still no improvement then look into surgical options.
I bought an inflatable elevation pillow from Amazon. Great for travel or anywhere else you need an easily portable elevation option.
Sunany Inflatable Foot Rest... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K69DZWK?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
I was given a game ready machine. I only have it for 14 days so it goes back tomorrow. I bought this on Amazon for $200 bucks (vs my $350 2 week rental of GR)and it is not nearly as good but does the job as well. I will be keeping it for tough days. Hope that helps.
Polar Active Ice 3.0 Cold Therapy Ice Machine System with Programmable Timer, Knee and Joint Compression Pad, Lightweight 9 Quart Cooler, Quiet Pump, https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H3GW4W7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apip_2NtbrjRwsh6rM
I use it almost every night! It’s been wonderful to loosen up muscles before and after workouts - it’s also just relaxing.
During your PT you’re going to be probably doing a ton of focusing on single muscle groups, they will get pretty sore. The theragun is great at stimulating blood flow and breaking up fascia buildup.
I didn’t get the brand name theragun, I got the Hypervolt Hyperice. There are probably cheaper ones, but I absolutely love this. I even travel with it.
i got one on amazon for about $35! came in 2 days finally got to shower and it was an amazing feeling. i’m not sure how you’re built but some of them seem pretty cheap so be careful about reading reviews and checking weight limits. i’m a 5ft tall girl 100lbs so i admittedly wasn’t as worried as the average person might be.
this is what i have: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B008XI3K8K/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_MFWMTGVXAYDA01A7HACC?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Have had two ACL reconstructions (one in each knee) and have used both the more expensive game ready cold therapy for the first knee and a manual icepack system the second time around and honestly there wasn't much of a difference. If anything I found the cheaper one off Amazon more convenient since swelling can continue for up to 3 months after surgery and renting an ice machine for 3 months can get pricey. It's also very useful months down the line for when you get into more dynamic movements because you might experience some swelling after and can use it then as well. I put a link to the one I got below, best of luck on your recovery!
Cold Therapy Knee Ice Wrap with Compression and 2 Ice Gel Packs - Essential Kit for Knee Pain Relief and Post Surgery Recovery by SimplyJnJ
I like my Mava sleeves - https://www.amazon.com/Mava-Sports-Compression-Sleeve-Support/dp/B01M6CVWFI/ - I wear them on days after soccer games when I really go hard, and they're a big help.
BelugaBASIC Arctic Flow Therapy System with Knee Wrap | 12qt Cooling Reservoir | with ON/Off Switch https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09CB4SVDD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_2VJ8TYJGP2GAW3H4V4NV?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Saved me from getting up and replacing the ice so many times. Best purchase I made.
According to my doc CPM was a old trend and we moved on. If I could recommend two things:
1) I was on top of pain meds but there was a lot of discomfort and I had to take my kind of it to rest and heal. So I picked up gaming after a decade. You pick yours.
2) get a calf and foot strap like this one. It was immensely helpful in adjusting my leg AND stretching my calf AND do extension exercises without relying on someone else to move my legs all day (until you gain strength for initial 5 days)
Good luck my friend. You got it!!
I got a copper one off Amazon.
It’s comfortable enough. It still hurts in my MCL area whenever any pressure is applied but I feel like getting some of the swelling down has helped a bit.
And when I say dimple I mean it’s hardly noticeable at all but I exclaimed excitedly to my physical therapist and demanded he confirm what I was seeing and he did. I feel that was the confirmation I needed! Haha
yeah that’s okay. I preferred ice packs anyway. If you need a better one than the like.. blue ice packs., these are the ones I’d recommend.
They’re nice and soft, they don’t get absurdly cold so you can keep them on longer and they re
malleable enough to kind of wrap and sculpt them around your knee.
I bought “rip off” pants on Amazon (link: Post Surgery Tearaway Pants -... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00EDH6DCK?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share). I wore these and just had the first few buttons on the top of my injured leg buttoned, the rest unbuttoned.
I would also suggest very baggy shorts… pants might be tight to fully get over the leg.
Great topic. I had my ACLR last week and below are a few things I could think of now:
1) I strongly recommend a foot and calf stretcher strap. While it helps with that it’s actually meant for, for me the main use case is to adjust your leg with your hand and esp when getting down from bed etc. super helpful. And it sets your calf muscles too in the process
2) ice AND COMPRESSION machine. While ice machine is rather obvious, my medical team suggested compression as well (extra $100). So far only Bred seems to have this combo, so your research.
3) Leg elevation pillow. It didn’t help me much cuz I started getting bad back pain and I ended up using regular pillow to elevate. But you can give it a thought.
4) knee waterfoof bandage - gave me peace of mind when I showered
5) half gallon water bottle - super useful and some juice for hydration. Grape juice is not recommended.
6) home set up: a) smart plugs: get things like lights fan compression machine etc voice activated. I got my fish tank smart feeder and it helps big deal b) make space at home to walk around. Pack things that will make u slip and fall c) accessible charging station for electronics d) if possible set up your bed in such a way you might get stable support when you get up from bed rather than relying on crutches to get up. E) stock up groceries and see if you can get more natural light at home to keep your mind healthy. I added extra fishes to my tank and it’s refreshes to watch them
I will add if something comes to my mind. Good luck !!
Cant fully remember but roughly 4 or 5 times a day until the ice pack is no more good. Theres some very good ones on amazon but the hospital gave me one that used 2 ice packs and they slot into a pouch and then you use a strap on your knee. Very handy. Below is one i had which helped alot. Hopes this helps.
KitosCell 10g Topico (Gel) Antifibrótico Previene, Detiene, Revierte y Elimina Imperfecciones y Cicatrices en la Piel/Ultimate Severe Scar Removal Cream FREE BONUS 3.5g Kitoscell + Stretch Marks Cream https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081M7HPDJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_8AT8GZHTWN8T5DC5S27F
Here is an iReliev NMES plus TENS for US$74. https://www.amazon.com/iReliev-Combination-Stimulator-Arthritis-Strength/dp/B011J79PNK/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?crid=2HSYZJZS23KA4&keywords=ireliev+nmes&qid=1649784571&sprefix=ireleiv+nmes%2Caps%2C110&sr=8-2-spons&psc=1&smid=A3NVGZHRREJYT6&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExTERKNlowWVQ1VzQxJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjc2MTE4MUxHSDFRUTlMRE84VCZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTgxMTAxMzVLNjdXM00zQ0JJTSZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
This one comes with 3.5" x 5" butterfly electrode pads which will work.
Also get an loofah on a stick like one of these : Long Handled Loofah on a Stick Body Back Scrubber, Bath Sponge (4 Colors, 4 Pack) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N0LHWDD/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_P1GVFYCBDTGQ68YRBA49?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
That will help wash wherever you want when seated on your shower chair
Aw man, I had COVID week 2-5 post op. It was terrible. I couldn't do anything in person, PT and post op appointments were all virtual. My COVID was really bad, I ran a fever for 2.5 weeks straight and had such a bad cough. Before I was put on a steroid inhaler and a rescue inhaler I was coughing so hard I would vomit. My surgeon actually gave me the option of being hospitalized or staying home but self monitoring my blood pressure, fever and oxygen levels with the agreement that if I hit certain levels I would go to the hospital. I had to get some equipment to do that and I also had a few home nurse visits.
According to my primary care doctor and my surgeon, having COVID caused my surgical healing to be slowed down and being post surgery decreased my ability to fight COVID. My body was split between trying to deal with COVID and deal with healing from surgery. Essentially each one made the other worse. It was terrible. Another thing is how exhausted I was! From both trying to heal from surgery and COVID at the same time, it took everything out of me for weeks. I've never been so tired!
I'm so sorry, I hope you don't have COVID! It was pretty terrible but I'm over it now and doing well. Take care of yourself and rest, and realize that the illness (whether or not it's COVID) will impact your recovery and you will most likely not hit some of the PT check marks as quickly as you see a lot of others on the page. Don't let that get you down though, remember it's a personal journey and you now have this added hurdle.
I used this to test as home, it's a and home rapid results COVID test:
Lucira Check It Single-Use COVID-19 Test https://www.amazon.com/dp/B092KGQT2Y/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_P7K44R07Q5EZZ2CHP31P
After getting a positive on that I then went into my primary care doc office and they did a test that came back positive as well.
Pain with movement can be pretty normal post-op especially when waking up and even if you're not actively moving that leg. Important that it doesn't stop you from doing those early post-op exercises!
This is similar to the one my surgeon placed. I prefer it to coban bandages, the fabric is softer and the can be washed/reused. The gentle compression is also nice to help reduce swelling and keep any gauze in place. You can wrap it from above the ankle to over the knee or around the foot as well. There are probably some videos on YouTube that will show you how - totally depends on your preference. You'll want to wrap it so it's snug but not restricting bloodflow.
Hope this helps!
elastic bandage (Amazon)
I highly recommend a wedge pillow!
It makes elevation so easy, plus it's more firm which is great for
-helping to keep the leg from kinda swaying over to the left or right (rather than the kneecap facing straight up to the ceiling)
-straightening! The no "pillow behind knee" thing doesn't apply here, because it's firm and angled it doesn't allow the knee to bend versus a soft pillow does. It's essentially like just having your leg straight on the couch or bed but it's angled.
Bed Wedge Pillows, Leg Elevation Pillow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Q3V1ZYG/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_NPWZENE2B8N287ZQX41N
Similar problem- I got this heated knee massager thing (link below)- but I wear it backwards! Obviously massager balls on my knee would be terrible 🤣 but I wear it backwards with the heat and massagers against the back of my knee. I'll also un-strap it and place the heat/massage part on back of leg, at my hamstrings because those are tight as well. It's been a game changer in losing up the tightness.
AKASO Heated Knee Brace Wrap - Battery Powered Knee Heating Pad Vibration Massager for Knee Pain Relief (1 Pcs) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09DKGXFFZ/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_0YGQ6X8YJC83HW5EF334?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I got this one: LightEase Memory Foam Leg Support and Elevation Pillow w/Dual Handles for Surgery, Injury, or Rest https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZNPL5HZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_E56BVPM7A95WEKXJNF37?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I put my foot as far forward as possible so that my knee is hanging free. It is uncomfortable but necessary for extension
I have a wedge pillow and it’s the best. I bring it from room to room now that I’m a bit more mobile.
Cooling Wedge Pillow - 10 Inch Bed Wedge Pillow - 24 Inch Wide Incline Support Cushion for Lower Back Pain, Pregnancy, Acid Reflux, GERD, Heartburn, Allergies, Anti Snore – Soft Removable Cover https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0968X5K4M/ref=cm_sw_r_awdo_KVR7B3AN4J1GA1268ETP
A wedge pillow is actually better, you need to be careful with stuff like this has that lip behind the knee. It allows the knee to bend some which will create longer issues.
Healthy Spirit Bed Wedge Pillow with Memory Foam Top-Wedge Pillow for Sleeping and Acid Reflux Gerd Anti Snoring, 7.5" Height https://www.amazon.com/dp/B083MKHGRC/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_F6VE0R7KN052DGE1GYBV?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Another redditor suggested this and it fits the bill. I got the bigger one and it was pretty miserable. I then got the 8” and it was great. Good luck to your daughter!
Elevation pillow link
I had limited success with the plastic wrap method to be honest. Maybe I didn’t do it right but I really tried hard and water still leaked in. I know people do it all the time though so it definitely could have been user error. However! I was able to be clean - and FEEL clean - using these wipes I had originally bought for quick turnarounds between the gym and work (many months ago when I could do such things 🥲)
The Body Wipe by Hustle Clean -... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DQW5HCS?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
Stay with mom and order these on Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/Scrubzz-Disposable-Rinse-Bathing-Wipes/dp/B06XQ9NQPQ/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?crid=3OV49D70WBCZE&keywords=waterless+bath+for+adults&qid=1648154249&sprefix=waterless+bath%2Caps%2C91&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&smid=A2L0QWNWLUX9ET&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUExWFpLOVNUUTVaM0ZFJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwNjY0NTMzWldBN1lGMzZMQjMwJmVuY3J5cHRlZEFkSWQ9QTA3ODg4MDMyT0xOMjY2NlVHWVhYJndpZGdldE5hbWU9c3BfcGhvbmVfc2VhcmNoX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=
Did your doc prescribe you a blood thinner? I was on xarelto 10mg for six weeks. I also wore a thigh high compression sock from immediately after the surgery for six weeks (and never took it off—only to shower.) I bought a few more on Amazon so I had some clean ones lol. But they need to be over the thigh. Something like this: Truform 20-30 mmHg Compression Stockings for Men and Women, Thigh High Length, Dot-Top, Open Toe, Beige, Large https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000A33H5C/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_Z3BQR0QXENP6F4DJTC42
I'm only 2 week po so still a newbie here, but 2 things have been majorly helpful:
I bought a triangle/wedge style pillow to elevate my leg and help get the swelling down (since this places my knee above my heart when I lay down - or even sit up slightly).
I think the concern with normal pillows pillows is that if you place them under your knee only your leg rests in a semi-bent position. I have found that the wedge is pretty comfortable and it supports my extension. If I feel like I need a little extra support under the ankle I also roll up a little hand towel and place it there to let gravity help amplify the extension.
For background I’m F/5’2” and I got ACLR with a hamstring autograft (reinforced by allograft) and repair of a Bucket Handle Tear of my Medial Meniscus on Monday (3/14). Because of this I am locked in extension (totally straight) for what may be the next 6 weeks and am only ok’d to bed my knee to 90 degrees with no weight baring right now. Prior to surgery my meniscus tear made it impossible for me to straighten my leg so keeping those extension gains are important to me!
Here is the exact pillow I got. I told my PT & Surgeon about it and they both said this was great.
BEAUTRIP Leg Pillow | Ergonomic Side Sleeping Pillows | Memory Foam Knee Pillow with Strap for Side Sleeper | Leg Support Cushion with Removable and Washable Cover https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07VY2B14B/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_9KK13B5TX0B181EAFD00?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I wanted something to support my heel and stabilize my leg. I stumbled across this sleeping pillow and thought... hmmm, maybe? It's incredible!!!! This also gives some rise to your ankle so it super helps with working on extension!!!!
Do not take it off until your surgeon okays it- I make this mistake this week FOUR, I was so sick of the brace, and ended up moving weird and re-tore my healing meniscus and had to have surgery AGAIN and restart (at least the meniscus part, I also had a ACL and MCL repair).
It's really terrible, especially if you're a light sleeper like me. It's so uncomfortable. I found pain meds and prescription sleeping meds (which my surgeon prescribed once my pain was better and I talked to them about my sleeping issues) to be essential.
Also really helpful, for me, has been helpful:
A wedge pillow, sleep with it with my knee propped up. Helps to keep the leg more stable and also my foot/knee facing the ceiling. I found a big issue for me is I'm a side sleeper which you can't do with the injury/healing (the pain from pressure on your knee ends up being worse than the uncomfortableness), but I had trouble keeping my leg in that straight position and with my knee facing up towards the ceiling. But the wedge pillow helps not just with elevation for swelling and pain control, but gives your leg so much more support/stability so it can stay in that upright position with more ease.
Good luck. I know, it fucking SUCKS. It just does and it's such a long journey, but keep inch worming your way forward. It does slowly get better, but yeah it fucking sucks- know there are people out there who get how much it sucks.
I bought these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08Q36BVS7/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_VX1H54A3ZKC8V63BBQSK?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1 but I also think you would be fine to leave your shoe clipped in and just slip your foot in to the shoe.
A question to you guys: I bought these shoes just a few days ago, I thought they would be good for ACL rehab because of their ergonomic form. Good or bad idea?
I am using this one and it's worked great so far. Last time I just built up a makeshift pillow ramp and was always having to futz with it.
Milliard Foam Leg Elevator... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BCQ7U5S?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
If you don’t stick your leg all the way in then it elevates as prescribed and is very comfy. I have been suffering from lack of sleep and last night I used this and also triple wrapped my knee (for small periods of sleeping on my side without the brace hurting). Best sleep ive had in a month! The sooner you order the better. I waited way too long so many regerts
Maybe 7 as I woke up. I was out the door within a half hour with no pain. At home it was uncomfortable but not painful for the first few days, and no pain after day 3 ish. Cold therapy machine and elevation really saved me. This was great and very well recommended for sleeping.
Elevation pillow https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07GF9FTBV/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_i_YSQHMZ8H2VZCB1FNMA30
Hi yes! Silicone strips were a godsend. You cut it to the size of your scar and try to leave it on as long as possible, like 5 days. The color of my car stuck around for a long time, but it got way flatter and less noticeable. I bought these on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B071DVWL3H/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Honestly, I would call your insurance and see if you can talk to a customer service representative that can explain the ins and outs of the plan document. Often, they're incredibly hard to understand.
As a quick reference, here's an explanation from Healthcare.gov that make be worth taking a look at (https://www.healthcare.gov/glossary/co-insurance/)
That being said, once you understand how much you're going to owe, I would call the hospital billing office when you receive your bill and explain your situation. Often, they have payment plans that can be set up to make payments more manageable. Though it's not ideal for them, it's a lot easier to get money in a predictable schedule and ensure they're going to recover their costs.
I'm glad you got clarification! I did not know what one was before my injury either. It's like a little cooler with a knee or whatever attachment you require. Mine had a timer so I would set it to 20 mintues on, 10 off and it runs continously. I linked the one I have. And if you do wind up buying one or renting through your insurance frozen water bottles work better than ice cubes.
Yeah! This is the one I use
Scraper Tool Amazon
I don't know if you're talking about American football or football (soccer) but time-wise I'm in the exact same situation, I am close to 9 months post op and I started playing chill but still physical games with friends once a week a few weeks ago. I don't know where you're at with your recovery but this is how it went for me: the first game destroyed me (I was limping the day after and even during the game it didn't feel great) but the second game went much much better and my third game also saw some improvements. Recovery also gets drastically better game after game. This being said these games I'm
My takeaways are:
-Warm up is incredibly important for both your performance and the well being of your knee
-A brace is (for me) 100% necessary, this is kinda what I use https://www.amazon.it/MYCARBON-Ginocchiera-Compressione-Antiscivolo-Traspirante/dp/B076D4KGM1/ref=sr_1_12?keywords=knee%2Bbrace&qid=1643648120&sr=8-12&th=1
-Icing, Heat pads and Ibuprofen are very good tools for improving recovery
-Most important of all is: you've been at this for 8 months, so nobody knows your limits better than yourself, so don't do something you're not comfortable doing but also if you know you can do it, do it
DESPITE ALL OF THIS YOU SHOULDN'T TRUST ME, TRUST YOUR PT
I got this one: Esright Electric Power Lift Chair Recliner Sofa for Elderly with Vibration Massage and Lumbar Heated, 3 Positions, 2 Side Pockets and Cup Holders, USB Ports, Remote Control https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09B2872NR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_Y71124R44FFNS6XEADMD?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
It’s not cheap but the motorized function has been SO helpful. It basically picks you up all the way to stand
I would just stick to in-line exercises right now (biking, swimming, weight lifting, etc), and even that I would get checked out by the doc because it may be different depending on your meniscus damage.
You'll want to have close to full ROM before surgery, and the more damage you do to the knee now, the more swelling, the harder it's going to be to keep full ROM.
I used a brace similar to this one while I waited for my surgery. The key, imo, is having a hinge, not just compression.
My PT recommended this one for me post-injury, since it doesn’t cause your knee to bend. Not sure if I’ll use it post-op though.
Relax Home Life 7.5 Inch Bed Wedge Pillow for Acid Reflux, 1.5 Inch Memory Foam Top with Bamboo Cover, 25" W x 26" L x 7.5" H, White https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FINTS4M/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_7392CEGB53VV6BY5VGW0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I'm a bit further behind you, at only 2 days post-op. But as far as workouts while sessile, I would recommend getting a resistance band and doing upper body work (like this). Not sure what sports you're into, but if you climb at all, I've found that this is a great time to work on hand + wrist strength. You can buy grip trainers on amazon for pretty cheap, and it feels good to progress in something physical while your knee heals.
Get some split pants SOLY HUX Women's Sporty High Split Side Striped Joggers Snap Button Track Pants https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B08F9ZDLTN/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_HEF657Z15GHSP1MM8K6G it has been the best for the brace (in my case, still waiting for surgery)
I just had mine on Jan 4th (ACL reconstruction with stable lateral and medial meniscus repairs). Here's a list of what I found to be super helpful for recovery.
Also I found for pain management it was best to take the painkillers on a schedule. Even if you need to set an alarm at night to take them it was totally worth it. Once you fall behind it's hard to catch back up.
Nice! My fave is the elasto-gel. Works wonders too. https://www.amazon.com/Southwest-Technologies-Elasto-Gel-Cold-Therapy/dp/B001ED9M2E/ref=mp_s_a_1_5_mod_primary_new?adgrpid=61557811648&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIntfXvoSs9QIVDhbUAR1DVgndEAAYASAAEgLNUvD_BwE&hvadid=274685874912&hvdev=m&hvlocp...
They are kind of expensive, and admittedly bulky… but I had purchased them a while back so they worked for this purpose as well.
Here’s the Amazon link:
Synergee Comfort Fit Adjustable Ankle/Wrist Weights (Set of 2). Available in 5lb, 10lb & 20lbs. One Size Fits All. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077QQHL52/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_1AH3R0VAZTXT4KA1Q41Q?psc=1
My doc recommended the ideal knee when I was having extension lag at 7 weeks. I bought it and seems to be helping a bit (plus mobic to reduce swelling). IdealKnee: The Most Effective and Easy to Use Treatment for Knee Extension | for Athletes + Physical Therapy + Rehab + Ortho | Comes with ONE Comfort pad for The"Over The Knee" Strap https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07M7L4WXL/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_XWFVAQ26GZBQBV47AH2B
How old are you? I’m 43 and recovering from ACL surgery right now. I skated right up to the week before surgery but I always always wore a flexible brace with metal sides. Then knee pads on top of that. At first, I just wore a slip-on old skater dude brace that had some plastic supports on the sides, but it wasn’t enough support.
Of course nobody is gonna recommend skating with an injury. It’s not a good idea. But I was fine with a hinged sports brace like this
Also, I’m older, so I’m not doing a lot of flip tricks or jumps. I just skate bowls and mini’s, and have 2 feet on the board at all times.
I’m still pre-op so take with a grain of salt, but for the first week or two after my ACL injury I was told not to sleep on my side. I’m also a side/stomach sleeper so it was very uncomfortable. What really helped me was getting a special pillow for back sleepers that’s slightly concave (cervical pillow), so I could still rest my head sideways.
Elviros Cervical Memory Foam Pillow, Contour Pillows for Neck and Shoulder Pain, Ergonomic Orthopedic Sleeping Neck Contoured Support Pillow for Side Sleepers, Back and Stomach Sleepers (White) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0833V68BJ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_7YJTPVS2Z3B2Z8P7GNQ0?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Mine wasn't covered by insurance, sadly. I splurged on this one bc as it turns out, I will be reimbursed by my workplace since it qualifies as "workout" equipment!
Vive Cold Therapy Machine - Large... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07BDMH2FC?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share
LightEase Memory Foam Leg Support and Elevation Pillow w/Dual Handles for Surgery, Injury, or Rest https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07ZNPL5HZ/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_QSAHEA6Z48J0FRB3VW37?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
ACE Adjustable Knee Brace with Dual Side Stabilizers, Helps support weak, injured, arthritic or sore knee, Satisfaction Guarantee, One Size Fits Most (200290) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005YU8SVE/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_C9AGG87HBBT76S8BTWH8
4-5 days, I don't think the opioids helped, but they're absolutely needed for the pain for the first few days.
The brace is really brutal. I took it off after a few days and tied my leg to the leg pillow so I won't bend it when I sleep.
I bought a Brag Cold Therapy System from Amazon. It's a lifesaver. I was using it in a combination with a start plug (15- 20 minutes on, 45 minutes off). Still using it 3-4 times per day (anytime when I can). Just remember to have a think layer of clothes on your knee as the knee pad should not be placed on bare skin.