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how long does it take to recover from acl and meniscus surgery

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gregory Harvey
37 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Acl: Nervous is normal before any surgery. A good website to see animations of the surgery is www.Orthoillustrated.Com. Your knee will be swollen but will ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Frank Holmes
22 years experience Sports Medicine
See below : Surgery usually takes 45-90 minutes. Full recovery usually 9-12 months.
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Peter Ihle
53 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Everyone reacts to-: -this surgery in different ways. 1-even the same surgeon has different recover early. Things that may cause more swelling are bleeding, how much was d ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Right away: Most surgeons have you walking the same day. But, only short distances for the first several days with lots of ice and elevation to reduce postoperati ... Read More
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A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
1-6 weeks: For meniscus surgeries in an otherwise healthy patient in excellent condition, the arthroscopy does not need too much time to recover from. I have had ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Boyer
17 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Typically people recover from knee arthroscopy in 4-6 weeks, but some of this depends on what was done. Progressive and gentle range of motion is typ ... Read More
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Horn
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
A few months: The repair has to be protected for the first six weeks and then you're looking at at least 8 to 10 wees of physical therapy to restore near full recov ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
It depends.: Your knee will never be the same, but you will be up and moving around right away. You will follow a rehab protocol for the first few months, but it ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bertrand Kaper
28 years experience Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
Variable: Recovery varies from patient to patient. Average recovery is 3weeks. Physical therapy can help speed your post-operative recovery.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Crutches for 6 weeks: Most meniscal repair surgeries, whether done open or arthroscopically, require up to 6 weeks of limited weight bearing with crutches. Most surgeons al ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vishal Shah
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
5-12 months, varies: This is highly variable depending on other injuries in the knee, the activity level you are returning to, and the type of surgery/graft choice used to ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Quam
17 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Meniscus surgery rec: That really depends on if they shaved it out or repaired it. If it was simple tear, then you should be healed, or ready for full activity before 90 d ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Lu answered
23 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Knee arthroscopy is highly dependent on the procedure being performed along with it. Trimming a torn meniscus can lead to immediate relief and return ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Expect 6-9 months: Like most ligament reconstructions about the knee, an lcl (lateral collateral ligament) reconstruction requires months of formal rehabilitation. Runni ... Read More
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barry Waldman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
2-6 weeks: It depends on the surgery performed and variables such as pain and swelling after the surgery.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jason Boyer
17 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: This is a tough one to answer because recovery is defined differently and different body parts recovery differently. Technically, cartilage does not ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience Sports Medicine
6-12 months: Typically it really takes about 6 months for one to resume sports after an acl injury. But in some patients it can continue to improve for up to ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Bailie
30 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Simple surgery: Usually in uncomplicated cases with advanced current techniques, about 2-4 weeks.
A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Armando Perez
43 years experience General Practice
Minimum 6 weeks: If no complications that injury has a good chance of recovering in 6 weeks.
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Arnold Beresh
40 years experience Podiatry
Depends: It depends on what procedures where performed and how they where performed. Talk to your surgeon.
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Trettin
32 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
?lcl: Be specific...Did u mean open lateral collateral ligament repair? Or posterolateral corner reconstructive surgery(both knee).We also repair 'lateral' ... Read More
A 61-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Ayres
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6 months: It takes a long time to recover from an ACL reconstruction. Your surgeon might let you retunr to competitive sports at 6 months, but a longer delay e ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel McGee
15 years experience Family Medicine
It really varies.: Recovery from ACL tears vary greatly depending on the severity of tear, if it was surgically repaired or managed with physical therapy etc. Recovery c ... Read More
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A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Sider
38 years experience Sports Medicine
See below: Most of my arthroscopic patients with menisectomy and patella chondroplasty are walking well in a few days and back to sports in 4-6 weeks.
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