ACL Surgery Education

Click to watch the below videos, which demonstrate the correct techniques for daily activities following surgery. We recommend watching these:

  1. In advance of your surgery, for general awareness of what’s to come.
  2. When first attempting these tasks on your own at home after surgery, so you can follow the instructions step-by-step.

Using Crutches: Toe Touch Weight Bearing

Using a Gait Belt

Using Crutches: Partial Flat Foot Weight Bearing

Climbing Stairs by Sitting and Scooting

Using Crutches: Weight Bearing as Tolerated

Car Transfers

Using Crutches: Non-Weight Bearing

Car Transfers with Running Board

Dressing with Adaptive Equipment

Elevating Your Leg

Putting On and Taking Off TED Hose

Putting On and Taking Off TED Hose with a Helper


The details of your procedure will be shared with you by your surgeon. However, below is a library of some of the more common procedures performed at OrthoNebraska and basics regarding surgical techniques.


This video shows, in general, the most likely type or types of anesthesia for this procedure and how they are administered.

ACL Reconstruction Planning and Recovery Guide

ACL Reconstruction Planning and Recovery

F.A.S.T. Program

As part of your recovery, your surgeon may have you participate in the OrthoNebraska-developed Functional Athletic Sport Testing program, which emphasizes athletic readiness and focuses on collaboration between your physical therapist and surgeon.

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