Ambulation

• The patient may tolerate weight bearing with a Zimmer splint.

• By day 7, the patient should be full weight bearing using only the splint.

• The extension splint must be worn at night until full extension is obtained.

• Walking should be minimized to decrease swelling of the leg.

• The extension splint may be removed for exercise on the CPM and for bathing, sitting, and resting.

• When the wounds have healed, the functional knee brace may be used rather than the extension splint.

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