Medial Collateral Ligament Injury Requiring Surgery

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

  • Resume a normal diet and activities as directed by your caregiver.

  • Keep ice packs (a bag of ice wrapped in a towel) on the surgical area for 15 to 20 minutes, 3 to 4 times per day, for the first two days following surgery.

  • Change bandages (dressings) if necessary or as directed by your caregiver.

  • Only take over-the-counter or prescription medicines for pain, discomfort, or fever as directed by your caregiver.

  • Use crutches and external braces as directed.

  • Do not exercise your leg unless instructed by your caregiver.

  • Keep appointments as directed.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • There is redness, swelling, or increasing pain in the knee or leg.

  • There is yellowish white fluid (pus) coming from wound.

  • You or your child has an oral temperature above 102° F (38.9° C), not controlled by medicine.

  • A bad smell is coming from the wound or dressing.

  • There is a breaking open of the wound (edges not staying together) after sutures (staples) have been removed.