In less than 12 hours I will be going under the knife for my ACL reconstruction. 6 weeks post injury, I’ve done the best I could have done in the lead up, very little difference between my legs and I’m excited to get started on the road to recovery.
As much as it is an exciting time, it is also a stressful time. ACL reconstructions are a relatively low risk operation. However there is always that 1 in 100 chance of something going wrong which will inevitably play on the mind of anyone going into a surgery.
Assuming all goes well in the hospital tomorrow I will be coming out with a few pretty scars on my knee and leg and heading home in the afternoon. The first week and a bit will consist almost entirely of swelling management and muscle activations to prevent atrophy. As well as getting my legs back and walking properly when possible.
After the swelling has gone down and I’m off pain killers I will be back in the gym 5 days a week and physio 2 times a week doing whatever I can to help push the process forward as efficiently and safely as possible. My first few weeks in the gym will most likely consist of mostly upper body and ab work, as well as light activation and form exercises on my bad knee.
The Short Term Plan
I have support from some of the best physiotherapists, dieticians, sports psychologists and S&C coaches who Will be guiding me through the process. To those people I thank you in advance, and I will be sharing as much as I feel comfortable with sharing based on my knowledge and experience for the rest of you to keep everyone up to date.
I will also make a post on Saturday or Sunday updating anyone who is following along about how the surgery went and how I am coping with the post op process so keep and eye out for that.
Thanks to everyone who has supported me so far through messages and chatting in person, it means a lot to know everyone is behind me going into this and I can’t wait to get into it!