Post operative knee questions:

  1. when can I shower?  The instruction sheet is clear on this.  After a knee arthroscopy you can shower the next day, after a procedure which involves a longer incision (ACL reconstruction, etc) you can shower in 3 days.  Any questions… ask us first.
  2. When can I walk? Following a knee arthroscopy, immediately, as tolerated.  After  an ACL reconstruction, immediately, with crutches for assistance. After a total knee replacement… ask your therapist, or me in the office.  After a quadriceps or patella tendon repair? You can walk in your cast or your brace.  Wait until I allow you to walk without the brace.
  3. When can I drive?   Following a knee replacement, approx 6 weeks if it is your right knee, and 3 weeks if it is your left.  Following a knee arthroscopy, generally within a few days.  Following an ACL reconstruction, varies based upon your progress.

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Howard J. Luks, MD

Howard J. Luks, MD

A Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon in Hawthorne, NY. Dr. Howard Luks specializes in the treatment of the shoulder, knee, elbow, and ankle. He has a very "social" patient centric approach and believes that the more you understand about your issue, the more informed your decisions will be. Ultimately your treatments and his recommendations will be based on proper communications, proper understanding, and shared decision-making principles – all geared to improve your quality of life.