This protocol is intended to be a general outline only. The physician reserves the right to either advance or delay this protocol as deemed necessary. If so, this should be done by direct communication with the therapist, or in writing on the therapy referral form given to the patient on the day of surgery.

General Guidelines for Crutches and TROM Brace

  • Bilateral axillary crutches to be used immediately post-op, NWB’ing x 2 weeks. At 2 weeks post op, begin PWB’ing in TROM and progress to full weight bearing by 6 weeks.
  • TROM brace to be worn for all ADL’s except sleeping, bathing, and exercises.
  • At Week 6, patient can gradually initiate weightbearing with TROM brace unlocked once able to perform SLR independently and good quad control is achieved. Discharge TROM once patient has a normal gait pattern.


  • No prone knee flexion ROM until 8 weeks post-op.


Guidelines for Wound Care

  • Place occlusive dressing over steri-strips at wound sites at first visit. Change occlusive dressing every other day, leaving steri-strips on unless they come off easily. Cover old steri-strips with new ones if needed.
  • Keep wound sites covered with occlusive dressing until stitches are removed. After that, cover with standard adhesive bandages (wrapping knee in plastic wrap for showers) until wounds are fully healed.

Frequency of Physical Therapy Visits
Schedule physical therapy at Day One Post-Op.

Schedule 1x/week for the first four weeks.

Increase to 2-3x/week to begin more aggressive PROM knee flexion at Week 4.

Day 1 Post-Op

  • Remove bulky dressings. Leave steri-strips on; place occlusive dressing over all portals and incisions.
  • Discard post-op immobilizer if used. Issue TROM brace.
  • Provide patient with home e-stim unit to be used while doing quad sets and SLR’s
  • Initiate heel prop knee ext stretch to encourage full knee extension if needed.
  • Quad sets, SLR’s, open-chain hip and core strengthening.
  • Ankle pumps / elastic band ankle exercises.
  • Frequent icing using “Game Ready” machine or Cryocuff for first 2-7 days.

Week 1-6: Patient to be seen 1x/week

PROM Goal: 90 degrees flexion @ Week 4, 110 degrees flexion @ Week 6.

Unlock TROM at Week 6 if quad control adequate.

  • Continue above exercises
  • Perform electric stimulation to the quadriceps for muscle recruitment
  • Add side-lying hip abduction and extension exercises
  • Teach home self-ROM with foot on the wall or over EOB within protocol restrictions.
  • PROM initially to 45 degrees flexion for Week 1.
  • Increase ran