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How long does it take to recover after an arthroscopic knee surgery?

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

Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy (Definition)

Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more


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How long does it take to recover from an arthroscopic knee surgery?

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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How long will it take to recover from arthroscopic knee 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 typically the best way to start with a progressive return to heavire sports and activities. ...Read more

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How long does it take to walk after arthroscopic knee surgery?

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

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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How long does arthroscopic knee surgery take to heal? I had scar tissue removed and a ACL Lateral Meniscus trimmed? But I did a squat and popped pain

How long does arthroscopic knee surgery take to heal? I had scar tissue removed and a ACL Lateral Meniscus trimmed? But I did a squat and popped pain

Varies: It varies, arthroscopic knee surgery describes the approach used, but not the exact surgery done once inside the knee. Did you have a complete ACL tear? If a meniscal tear is trimmed, recovery usually about 2-4 weeks, if ACL reconstructed then 8-12 weeks, if ACL torn but not reconstructed, you may have persistent instability. Let your surgeon know about the incident you are describing. ...Read more

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How long does arthroscopic knee surgery last?

It Varies : If you have a meniscus tear only, once you trim the tear, you many not ever have any future problems. Due to the loss of a portion of your shock absorber, however, you may develop secondary arthritis in the future which means the cartilage on the ends of the bones can start to wear down. This may take years or decades to happen if it happens at all. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for arthroscopic knee surgery?

Days to weeks: Depending on the findings, it could take days to weeks to improve. Most arthroscopic cases allow you to walk immediately. I recommend no running or jumping for 4 weeks. ...Read more

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Can I recover a arthroscopic knee surgery in 30 days or less?

Can I recover a arthroscopic knee surgery in 30 days or less?

Yes: This depends on what the surgery was done for. The most common knee scope surgery is done for a meniscal tear where a partial menisectomy is done and these generally recover in 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Knee Surgery (Definition)

Knee surgery may be done for congenital, traumatic or degenerative causes. Arthroscopy is a common method for treating cartilage and ligament problems. Open surgeries are commonly performed for fractures. Knee joint replacement may be done in (usually) older individuals with knee joint arthritis that impairs their daily function and which is not ...Read more