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Oats procedure what is the typical recovery time from an oats procedure?

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Dr. Jim Hsu
Dr. Jim Hsuanswered
Sports Medicine 30 years experience
Hello: Since : Hello: since oats are being performed in many body areas now, including knees, shoulders, ankles, and elbows, i will make a guess that your question pertains to the most common scenario: oats in a knee with an area of focal cartilage damage on the weight-bearing surface of one of the femoral condyles. There are some differences in opinions amongst orthopaedic surgeons on the exact time frame, certain portions of rehabilitation may progress faster for some individuals, and the detailed location of the oats in the knee also makes a difference (direct weight-bearing portion of the femur versus the trochlea of the femur, for example), but here is an approximate time frame: -range-of-motion restoration, with help of a cpm (constant passive motion) machine, starts immediately; -low-resistance pedaling on a stationary bike can start about 3 weeks after surgery; -protective weight bearing (crutches) for the first 6 weeks after surgery, then wean to full weight bearing; -normalizing walking, then a gradual transitioning to more vertically-oriented activities (proprioception, jumping/landing), then agility/pivoting drills, usually happens between 6 to 12 weeks after surgery; -back to sports and activities, without restrictions: 12 to 16 weeks after surgery. For me, the first six weeks of the outline is strict, as that time frame rationale is based on time for bone-to-bone healing that will revitalize and stabilize the bone plug, which is the key to a successful oats procedure. Some patients may progress very well through the time frame after the "crutch time;" as long are there are no shortcuts taken and they follow the general guidelines on activities advancement i will allow some flexibility during that time frame. I hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md.
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Dr. Payam Rafat
Podiatry 24 years experience
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019


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