Dr. Johnson discusses how women can reduce the recovery time following anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery.
I think the most important thing is when they do the physical therapy or they work on their own pre-surgery, they have to get in their mind that they are going to do all this again immediately afterward, and that’s a tough mental challenge to yourself because now you have torn your ACL, your knee hurts, it’s swollen, you go through this entire three- to four-week period to get ready to have surgery, you have surgery, and then all of a sudden, your doctor is telling you again, “We get to do this all over again.”
But the rehab part or the physical therapy part is just as important as the surgery itself. So in other words, if you had a patient where you just knew, you said to yourself, “I can’t do the therapy. I won’t do the therapy.” You should not have the surgery. It is that important.
The surgery outcome is dependent upon your ability to do the physical therapy and get your motion back. And most importantly is just get the strength back in the major muscle groups in your legs because you are never going to be able to go back to do those things you want to do if you don’t get that strength back.
About Dr. Johnson, M.D.:
Dr. Darren L. Johnson, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles and his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
Dr. Johnson is currently Professor and Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Kentucky. His clinical interests include arthroscopy, knee and shoulder reconstruction and the double-bundle procedure for ACL repair.
Dr. Johnson was named among the Top Doctors for Women by Women’s Health magazine in 2008.