Thanks to many of the readers of this website they had a few questions regarding my Pre ACL surgery Checklist. Below I have provided answers to each along with a surprise tip on the number one way to reduce knee swelling after surgery.
Do I need to purchase the Aircast Cryo Cuff Knee System with Cooler before surgery?
Yes you should purchase the cryco cuff as soon as you know you will be having surgery. If you wait until days before your surgery you may have a hard time finding one in time.
In my opinion the Cryo Cuff is the MOST IMPORTANT tool for recovery after ACL surgery and the most important part of the Pre ACL surgery Checklist.
Second Common Question:
Do I need to do physio before surgery?
Although you dont need to do “physio” before surgery its a really good idea to build up muscle and get your leg into as good a shape as possible before the surgery. The better shape your leg is going into surgery the better off you will be after surgery!
Number 1 Tip To Reduce Knee Swelling After Surgery
If you are having a hard time reducing swelling after knee surgery I have a tip for you which involves…
- Cryco Cuff
- Ice Pack
- Warm Pack
The process is simple and uses gentle heat and cooling to pull the blood out of the knee. Everyone knows that if a door seperating two rooms one warm and one cool is opened the two rooms temperature will equalize…all reasonable things being held constant. Using this principle you can use physics to suck the swelling out of your knee…here is how…
Step 1 – Warm up a Hot Pack
Step 2 – Put on your Cryo Cuff
Step 3 – Get an ice pack from the freezer
Step 4 – Elevate your knee
Step 5 – Put the warm pack on your upper thigh
Step 6 – Put at least one ice pack on your ankle
Step 7 – Hold for 15-30 minutes (watch for frostbite)
Why Does This Work?
The Top 5 At Home Exercises
I did that helped get me walking 4 days after surgery
Click Here to see the exercises