MACI should not be used if you cannot follow a doctor-prescribed rehab program after your surgery.

0-3 Months Following Surgery

Achieve Routine

Following the MACI procedure, your knee will be immobilized and you will follow a physician-prescribed rehabilitation program specifically designed for you.

Immediately following surgery, it is important to maintain joint mobility and muscle tone while managing pain, swelling, and wound care. RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) as directed.

After the immediate post-surgery phase, work towards a pain-free and full passive knee extension and limited weight bearing.

Activity Milestones

Return to light recreational exercise including walking

Perform daily routine and activities of daily living (navigating stairs, showering, etc.) with the assistance of crutches

Start driving again and return to office or seated work

3-6 Months Following Surgery

Build Strength

During this phase, you should begin to feel comfortable returning to recreational activities. Your exercise program will help rebuild muscle strength and endurance.

At this point in your recovery, the goal is to feel unimpeded and pain-free moving through your everyday environment.

Activity Milestones

Return to Iow-impact recreational activities including:
- cycling
- golf
- yoga & pilates
- rowing & kayaking
- swimming
- dancing
- elliptical & treadmill

Return to more physically active jobs such as nursing or construction

Return to daily activities that require strength and endurance

6-9 Months Following Surgery

Be Active

Enjoying a return to sports-based recreational activities is achieved in this phase by gradually increasing the difficulty of your exercises.

You should expect to regain everyday function, including the ability to traverse uneven or soft ground, inclines, and other obstacles.

Activity Milestones

Return to pre-injury sports-based recreational activities including:
- running distances
- skiing & snowboarding
- weight training
- tennis

Return to work for those in heavy labor fields such as military deployment or firefighting

Over time, heavy impact activities such as cutting or pivoting can be reintroduced

9+ Months Following Surgery

Post Rehab

Chris' recovery: "I'm close to being back to the best shape of my life and keep improving every day. I have been able to get back to all the physical activities I love doing, like running, squatting, jumping, lunging, weight lifting, taking fitness classes, boxing, hiking, and camping."

Recovery from MACI treatment varies greatly. That's why your rehabilitation program is tailored specifically to your individual goals and objectives. Everyone heals at their own rate and cartilage will continue to mature over time.