I have been talking with some of the readers of this blog and they requested a list of the items I used to recover from ACL surgery. Based on those discussions I though it would be really helpful for me to create the definitive pre acl surgery checklist. This checklist should help anyone who has found out they will be having surgery on their knee and need to prepare. It covers both what medical supplies you should have as well as a few tips on how to handle food since you will likely be wanting to start eating a lot of food while you sit around at home.
The 3 Most Important Pre ACL Surgery Checklist Items (often overlooked!)…
Having some for of entertainment set up before your surgery will make your recovery much more enjoyable. Things like books, movies and tv shows on DVD will let the time pass much quicker and you will not suffer through daytime TV torture. I was lucky enough to have been given an iPad d for our wedding anniversary a couple months before my surgery.
One other tip is to watch “dumb” movies/shows right after surgery…I watched inception within the first 24hrs after surgery and was very lost!
If you don’t want to get fat from sitting around after ACL surgery than I recommend you throw out all bad comfort food. Initially after surgery I had pre-prepared meals that were healthy and I surprisingly manage to lose weight after ACL surgery
1. Ice Cuff
This is the most important item for a quick ACL surgery recovery. The cryo cuff I used was simple and very effective at reducing swelling and pain. I highly recommend you make sure to order one and have it ready. Many surgeons will actually force you to have one.
Here is the cheapest online option I have been able to find for the Aircast Cryo Cuff I used
The Top 5 At Home Exercises
I did that helped get me walking 4 days after surgery
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