The Royal Melbourne Hospital's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has developed protocols (after surgery guidelines) for common operations.

Patient after orthopaedic surgery

Each protocol outlines precautions, like weight bearing restrictions, brace or sling use, movement restrictions and a list of some recommended exercises to help your recovery.

Your physiotherapist will explain each of the steps in the protocol and answer any questions along the way.

These protocols should only be used under the direction of a Royal Melbourne Hospital orthopaedic surgeon, they may not be suitable for similar surgery performed elsewhere.

Progression through the phases of each protocol should be guided by your surgeon and treating physiotherapist.

Remember to be safe. If you do not understand the precautions or how to do the exercises in the protocol, seek help and ask your physiotherapist or surgeon.

Guidelines and protocols

Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction Protocol
Quadriceps Tendon Repair Protocol
Hip Arthroscopy Protocol
Achilles Rupture Non-operative Protocol
Achilles Repair Protocol

Orthopedic surgery guides and protocols for patients


In a medical emergency, call 000. If you are feeling unwell, see your local GP or go to your local hospital Emergency department for help.