Question on swelling & pain 9 weeks post op from ACL & Lat Meniscus

by Rebecca Kemp
(Mechanicville, NY)

I was wondering if anyone could help me with this - I had the ACL reconstruction using the Allograft & also lateral meniscus repair (with stitches). The past couple of days my knee has been more swollen than usual & more painful - I actually took 2 pain pills last nite since the pain had me in tears when I put pressure on my leg.

I recently joined a gym & have been able to ride the stationary bike (60-80 rpm) at level 2 or 3 for 2 half hour sessions. I also can walk on the treadmill for about 40 minutes at 2.6 -2.8 for 2 sessions.

Last week I went to slide off the couch onto the floor & landed right on my knee that I had surgery on... could I have possibly done something to it?

I have marched a couple of parades & at the beginning I was a little sore, but by the end of the parade I was fine.

Is this swelling/pain normal for 9 weeks post op? I think I will ice & elevate for the next couple of days, but am afraid of atrophy - I just started to build muscle again, don't want to loose my progress..

Any help/answers/advice would be greatly appreciated = I'm at my wits end w/ the surgery & amount of time its taking to recover.
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