A 36-year-old member asked:
when can i engage in cardio / exercise after knee arthroscopy & joint repair?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Thomas Deberardino answered
31 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Best to ask surgeon: Your ability to progress to cardio exercise (stationary bike, elliptical, etc.) after knee arthroscopy depends upon what exactly was done in your knee. A simple meniscal tear debridement (pain "removal") requires minimal internal healing and may allow very rapid return to desired activites (10-14 days). If internal healing is required (acl reocnstruction or other "repair") expect 3-6 week delay.
Answered on Jan 14, 2014
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md answered
25 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
When swellings gone: You may return to activity once the swelling has resolved and the pain has minimized. Usually this is at about 2-3 weeks after surgery. If you had a cartilage repair of the surface, you need to ask your surgeon because some repairs require 6-8 weeks of protected weight bearing.
Answered on Aug 14, 2012
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