How you prepare

Before your surgery, you will likely undergo several weeks of physical therapy. The goal before surgery is to reduce pain and swelling, restore your knee's full range of motion and strengthen muscles. People who go into surgery with a stiff, swollen knee often have poor healing and don't regain full range of motion after surgery.

ACL reconstruction is an outpatient procedure, so you'll be able to go home later that same day. Arrange for someone to drive you home.

Food and medications

Share with your surgeon a list of any medications, herbal medicines or dietary supplements you take regularly. If you regularly take aspirin or other blood-thinning medications, your doctor may ask you to stop taking these types of drugs for at least a week before surgery to reduce your risk of bleeding.

Follow your doctor's instructions about when to stop eating, drinking and taking any other medication the night before your surgery.