The sexy blue leg brace above is usually what is issued to you after your visit to the ER or what you will receive from the hospital after surgery if you didn’t go to the emergency room. It is basic and does the job for awhile, but it isn’t the top quality brace you should have and you will soon grow tired of this as well as the Velcro straps will wear out very quickly.
You might be wearing ‘ol blue until your doc says you can start with increasing your ROM which usually occurs at week 6 (at least that was the case with me). The orthopedic doctor should then suggest the brace in the next picture which usually consists of 4 Velcro straps, telescoping bar for customized length and a slide lock mechanism on each side of the knee that allows you to select a specific degree of ROM. This brace will serve you for the rest of your rehabilitation.
These are fabulous braces and are very stable but come with a very hefty price if you buy them from your doctors office. I believe I paid $150 or more for the very first one, but then later quickly realized you can get them on eBay or online for a fraction of the cost. I would buy two of them just to have a backup. Last I checked they were in the neighborhood of $35 or close to that price point. You will pay more for different name brands. The two that I like best are the BREG and DonJoy, but don’t buy them on their website. Remember eBay or Amazon or elsewhere online. Just do a Google search and you should find a great price.
I highly recommend, if you do receive the big blue brace after surgery or after your ER visit, to ditch it and quickly purchase the telescoping ROM flexion leg brace described above. Buy one or two here you will be so happy you did. Not only is more durable and stable for your leg(s), but it also doesn’t wrap your leg like a cocoon making your leg extremely hot and sweaty.