Communication is the key to success. Having a clear understanding of rehabilitation goals prior to surgery has helped my patients anticipate their recovery and set goals.
This is why I provide a guide to their rehabilitation as soon as their ACL injury is diagnosed and immediately link them in with a great sports physiotherapist to help guide them through what is a long and arduous journey back to their sporting goals. Time spent with the physiotherapist prior to surgery is never wasted time, regaining full range of motion and the settling of any acute swelling makes the immediate and medium term recovery so much easier.
A copy of my rehabilitation guidelines can be found here.