The pain meds didn't help me out at all....only hurt my stomach & made me queasy. So I didn't take any medication after either of my acl surgeries. After this weekend the worst will be over, and it will all be about pt & recovery
Doesn't a nerve block only last a couple hours? There's really no pain that first day. Once the surgery meds ware off, days 2-4 are what really suck. PT that first week sucks as well. Not being able to get your heel up off the table while tightening your quad is the most frustrating thing in the world.
quote: Prop yourself up in a chair with a pillow under your knee to keep it slightly bent. I pretty much slept there for a week. I also avoided work for two weeks and did noting but eat pain meds, go to PT and watch Magnum..
DON'T sleep with anything under your knee...elevate it, but keep it straight.
It's easier to get flexion weeks after surgery than it is extension.