How Long Does Swelling After MCL Surgery Last?

By Kelly Hansen | Oct 31, 2013
One of the natural side effects of MCL surgery is swelling. Inflammation is your body's response to the trauma it endured from the injury and the surgery. For most people, the inflammatory response includes redness, pain, and swelling. Although the side effects are not desirable, they are an important part of the healing process. Fortunately, you can get the benefit of the inflammatory response and limit the amount of pain and swelling you have to endure while you recover.

After MCL surgery, swelling can last for weeks if you do nothing to address it. However, if you follow a few important guidelines, you can limit the amount of pain and swelling you will experience to a much shorter period of time.

Controlling Swelling After MCL Surgery

Like any injury, the recommended course of action includes RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) therapy. With modern technology, you can take this traditional approach a step further to achieve even faster results.
  • Rest - When your body is healing it needs more energy than usual, which is why it is so important to get ample rest during MCL surgery recovery. Use your affected leg as little as possible, especially in the first few days after surgery as this is when the most significant repairs are occurring in the body.

  • Ice - Cryotherapy is a proven technique for reducing pain and swelling. However, ice therapy alone has its limitations because your body warms the ice and the benefits quickly diminish over time. Using a system that provides consistent therapeutic cold is more effective because the cold can penetrate deeper and last longer.

  • Compression - Swelling often comes with edema, or the buildup of excess fluid in the injured area. Edema can be uncomfortable and contributes to the limited range of motion you are likely to experience after MCL surgery. Using a system that provides active compression will help remove edema and reduce overall swelling. It also helps the body heal faster by pumping oxygen-rich blood to your damaged tissues so they can get the nutrients they need to repair themselves.

  • Elevation - It may seem simple, but it works. Elevating your leg after surgery helps prevent excess swelling, especially when combined with rest and active cold compression therapy.

If you are ready to take your MCL surgery recovery to the next level, learn more about Game Ready and how active cold compression therapy can help you reduce pain and swelling. Our patented system is designed to provide consistent cold for the duration of the therapy session, and a natural pumping effect that keeps blood and other fluids flowing. Contact us today to learn more, or talk to your doctor about how Game Ready can help speed up your MCL surgery recovery.

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