1+ weeks before surgery
Consider notifying your friends and family about your upcoming surgery.
3 Days before surgery
Confirm the exact location and time of surgery with your orthopedic practice. Confirm transportation to and from the location of your surgery as you will not be able to drive home.
1 Day before surgery
Follow your orthopedic surgeon’s recommendations regarding food, drink, and medications. Prepare your home for your reduced mobility. Get a good night’s sleep.
Day of surgery
Wear loose and comfortable clothes. Arrive early with any completed paperwork. Be sure to bring your ID and insurance information. Remember, you will not be able to drive home following the surgery.
Immediately following surgery
Once you recover from the anesthesia, you will likely be released from the hospital that same day. At the hospital you’ll practice walking with crutches and may have a knee brace or splint to help protect the MACI implant.
It’s important to follow your orthopedic surgeon’s instructions on when you can bathe, when and how to change dressings, and how to manage post-surgical care.
This is also a good time to make sure you have a plan laid out for the next couple of weeks with your surgeon and physical therapist.
Post Surgical Care Tip:
use R-I-C-E as your guide
REST General rest is incredibly important. Stay off your knee and use crutches as instructed. Follow your surgeon’s advice on how long to keep weight off your knee.
ICE Ice your knee for 20 minutes every 2 hours.
COMPRESSION Use an elastic (ACE-type) wrap or compression bandage on your knee if instructed to do so.
ELEVATION Lie down with your knee propped up on pillows.
A comfortable setting is recommended and unnecessary movement should be restricted for the period immediately following surgery.
See the timeline of rehabilitation