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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 things. But here are some typical times for returning to activities.
|Activity||Uncomplicated meniscectomy||Meniscus repair surgery|
|Bear weight (put weight on your knee while standing or walking)||Right away, as tolerated||Right away, but only with a brace|
|Walk without crutches||2 to 7 days||4 to 6 weeks|
|Drive, if the affected leg is to be used for gas and brake or for clutch||
1 to 2 weeks, if:
|4 to 6 weeks|
|Regain full range of motion||1 to 2 weeks||Bending is typically restricted to not more than 90 degrees for first 4 to 6 weeks to allow the meniscus to heal.|
|Return to heavy work or sports||
4 to 6 weeks, if
|3 to 6 months|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery|
|Last Revised||September 10, 2012|
Last Revised: September 10, 2012
Author: Healthwise Staff
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