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Postoperative Instructions and Exercises

The following postoperative instructions are procedure-specific and should answer the majority of the questions that you might have in the early postoperative period. Some instructions, however, may not be entirely relevant to your procedure. Please contact Dr. Cole’s staff, should any specific questions arise during your postoperative recovery.


Postoperative Instructions – Shoulder Library

Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilization

Arthroscopic Capsular Release

Arthroscopic Posterior Shoulder Stabilization

Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression/Distal Clavicle Excision/Biceps Tenodesis/Biceps Release

Rotator Cuff Repair

Total Shoulder Replacement


Postoperative Instructions – Elbow Library

Arthroscopic Elbow Debridement/Loose Body Removal

Elbow MCL Reconstructions

Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) Surgery


Postoperative Instructions – Knee Library

ACL Reconstruction


Arthroscopic Chondral Debridement/Meniscectomy

Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation – Femoral Condyle

Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation – Trochlea/Patella With Or Without Distal Realignment

Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation with ACL Reconstruction

Distal Femoral Osteotomy

High Tibial Osteotomy

Meniscal Allograft Transplantation

Meniscal Allograft Transplantation with Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation

Meniscus Repair

Microfracture – Femoral Condyle

Microfracture – Trochlear/Patellar Defect

Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation

Osteochondral Autograft Transplant

PCL Reconstruction


Postoperative Instructions – Foot / Ankle Library

Achilles Tendon Repair

Arthroscopic Ankle Debridement/Loose Body Removal/Microfracture


The following exercises are to be implemented in your early postoperative period. Dr. Cole or his staff may specify exactly which exercises are appropriate for you to perform.

Shoulder Exercises

Postoperative Exercises – Shoulder Library

Shoulder Exercises

Knee Exercises

Postoperative Exercises – Knee Library

Knee Exercises


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