Surgery to repair a torn meniscus involves rehabilitation, although it varies depending on the injury, the type of surgery, and your orthopedist's preference. In general, meniscus surgery is followed by a period of rest, walking, and selected exercises.
Every recovery is different and depends on many factors. But here are some typical times for returning to activities.
|Uncomplicated partial meniscectomy||Meniscus repair surgery|
|Weight bearing||As tolerated||With a brace|
|Time on crutches||2 to 7 days||4 to 6 weeks|
|Driving, if the affected leg is to be used for gas/brake or clutch||1 to 2 weeks, if you have regained motion with minimal pain and you are not taking narcotics||4 to 6 weeks|
|Regain full range of motion||1 to 2 weeks||4 to 6 weeks (motion is generally limited to 90 degrees for the first 4 to 6 weeks to allow meniscus to heal)|
|Return to heavy work or sports||4 to 6 weeks, if you have regained motion and strength and your knee is not swollen or painful||3 to 6 months|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Freddie H. Fu, MD, MD - Orthopedic Surgery|
|Last Revised||September 10, 2010|
Last Revised: September 10, 2010
Author: Healthwise Staff
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