Cartilage Transplants

INSTRUCTIONS FOR PATIENTS FOLLOWING CARTILAGE TRANSPLANT SURGERY

GOALS:
To protect healing tissue from load and shear forces, decrease pain and effusion, gradually improve knee flexion, restore full passive motion, and regain quadriceps control

BRACE:
Your brace should be locked at 0 degrees during weight-bearing activities.
It must be kept locked while sleeping for 2-4 weeks.

ACTIVITY:

Weeks 1-2: You must remain non-weight-bearing. You may begin toe-touch weight bearing
per physician instructions.

Weeks 2-3: Toe touch weight-bearing (approximately 20-30lbs.)

Weeks 4-5: Partial weight-bearing (approximately one quarter body weight)

Up to Week 6: You may begin gradual return to daily activities. Extended standing should be avoided. If symptoms occur, reduce activities to reduce pain and inflammation.

DRESSING:
A bulky dressing covered by an ace wrap will be applied at the time of your surgery. You can remove the dressing 3 days postoperatively and replace it with new, clean, waterproof household band-aids. You can find the waterproof band-aids at the pharmacy. Do not put any type of ointment on the incisions. They must remain clean and dry until you are seen in the office for your first post-operative visit. The staples will be removed at your first post-op visit.

SWELLING CONTROL:
You may use ice, elevation and compression as needed to decrease swelling.

If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office.