When can I drive?
Driving should be generally delayed until one is off narcotic pain medication, and once reasonable mobility has returned. This usually takes a period of approximately 2-3 weeks.
When can I return to work?
Return to work is dependent on both the nature of work and the time it takes for the acute pain after surgery to settle. Those employed in sedentary type positions, office work for example, are generally able to return to work 4-6 weeks post-operation. Some factors that may allow you to return to work sooner include: the rapid resolution of pain post-operatively, a less pronounced swelling response, the possibility of modifications being made in the work environment, or the ability to work from home. Those employed in more physically demanding positions would likely return sometime between 3-6 months post-operatively. An earlier return could be influenced by the patient's progress in rehab, the physically demanding characteristics of the job, the ability to purchase a functional ACL brace post-operatively and the possibility of whether modifications could be made in the work environment.