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Dr. Theodore Shybut
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How long does it take to recover after an arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Theodore Shybut
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
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How long does it take to recover after an arthroscopic knee surgery?

Depends: Recovery fro simple knee arthroscopy (meniscal debridement, loose body removal, plica excision) takes ~6 wks; if you rehab diligently you can get back faster (sports in 3-4 weeks). Arthroscopic ligament reconstruction (e.g. Acl), meniscus repairs, or articular cartilage procedures (microfracture, aci, etc) require longer rehabilitation, often 6-12 months. Talk to your surgeon about your case. ...Read more

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Dr. Rhett Griggs
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How long does it take to recover from a post op knee stiffness after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Rhett Griggs
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Variable: 3-6 weeks usually depending on what was done. Go to pt. ...Read more

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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
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How long does it take to recover from an arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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It Depends: On how active you are and how much was done during surgery. For a routine knee scope i typically allow my patients back to work in 3-4 days if they have a sedentary job. Otherwise, most people can start getting back to work at 2-3 weeks depending on their job. Strengthening of the quadriceps muscle is key as this shuts down with knee surgery of any kind. Most people are near full by 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Jason Boyer
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How long will it take to recover from arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Jason Boyer
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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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 typically the best way to start with a progressive return to heavire sports and activities. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Buechel
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How long does it take to walk after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Frederick Buechel
Board Certified, Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery
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Right away: You can walk the day of surgery. Most people will feel good the first day from the local anesthetic and medicine injected at the time of surgery. The medicines wear off by day two and three. You can still walk but it becomes more sore. By day 3-4 the worst swelling occurs and this is the worst days for some. Usually swelling decreases after this and walking gets better each day after. Keep icing! ...Read more

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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How long do it take for the scar tissue to breakup and dissolve. After arthroscopic knee surgery on the minicus?

Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
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How long do it take for the scar tissue to breakup and dissolve. After arthroscopic knee surgery on the minicus?

A long time: Some people lay down more scar tissue than others. This can lead to stiffness and slower recovery. "breaking up" scar tissue is trying to stretch it out so it doesn't impede progress. This can take months and may not be complete. ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Sheskier
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What's the quickest way to recover after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Steven Sheskier
Board Certified, Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
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What's the quickest way to recover after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Physical therapy: Follow the instruction of your surgeon and those given to your therapist. The surgeon has actually seen the insides of your knee and what is wrong and what was fixed or not fixxed as well as your prognosis. In addition what you can and cannot do and when to progress. ...Read more

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Can someone tell me how long will i be on crutches after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Can someone tell me how long will i be on crutches after arthroscopic knee surgery?

2-3 days: From personal experience probably 2-3 days for an uncomplicated meniscal tear. For a more complicated repair, it depends on the extent on the problem. ...Read more

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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?

Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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Depends.: Depending on what you do and what was done, your return to work can range from a week to 6 weeks. If the meniscus is resected and not repaired, there are typically no significant activity restrictions post-op. However, if the meniscus was repaired, typically this requires some bracing, protected weightbearing, and that may restrict on what you need to do to work. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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How long after arthroscopic knee surgery can you get back to playing soccer?

Dr. Alan Ali
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Meniscus: Best to consult your orthopedic surgeon.

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