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How long will it typically take to recover from knee arthroscopy?

How long will it typically take to recover from knee arthroscopy?

2-6 weeks: It depends on the surgery performed and variables such as pain and swelling after the surgery. ...Read more

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Dr. Sheila Smith
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Arthroscopic Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic surgery involves looking inside of a joint with a very small camera. The joint is filled with water and the camera is placed into the joint, using small incisions. Most orthopaedic surgeons utilize arthroscopic surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including: meniscal and rotator cuff years, joint infections and inflammation, removal of loose ...Read more


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How long could it take to recover from knee arthroscopy?

It depends: It depends on what type of arthroscopy. Generally, simple clean-up and menisectomies take 3-6 weeks for full recovery, meniscal repairs take 3-6 months, and ligament reconstructions take 6-12 months. It is important to discuss your specific condition/procedure with your surgeon to better define your recovery. You may be able to do certain things very quickly, while other activities take longer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from knee arthroscopy surgery?

How long does it take to recover from knee arthroscopy 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 patients walk out from surgery and never turn back. However, patients are often deconditioned because of the injury. This causes muscle (especially quads) weakness and inhibition that takes longer to recover from. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from a knee arthroscopy?

How long does it take to recover from a knee arthroscopy?

Varies by procedure.: If it is for a meniscus tear, most people are moderately sore for 3-5 days. Swelling improves starting around day 4 or so. Most people take pain meds for 2-10 days. Some take no narcotics at all. Crutches for a day or two then sometimes a cane. Most are done with these by first week. Limping around for a week or two is common. Many can do mild to moderate activity in 10-14 days. Best by 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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About how long would I be on crutches, or would i even need them and about how long would it take to fully recover after exploratory knee arthroscopy?

About how long would I be on crutches, or would i even need them and about how long would it take to fully recover after exploratory knee arthroscopy?

Arthroscopic : Depending on what has been done during the arthroscopic procedure in your knee would determine whether or not you need to use the crutches, most commonly people use the more for comfort immediately after the operation unless they've had a procedure called micro fracture. If microfracture has been done then you are usually non-weight-bearing for about 6 to 8 weeks minimum, if all they did was an ardepending on what has been done during the arthroscopic procedure in your knee would determine whether or not you need to use the crutches, most commonly people use the more for comfort immediately after the operation unless they've had a procedure called micro fracture. If microfracture has been done then you are usually non-weight-bearing for about 6 to 8 weeks minimum, if all they did was an arthroscopic washout and a partialmeniscus debridement you could be ambulating on this without crutches within 24 to 48 hours ...Read more

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How long could knee arthroscopy recovery take?

How long could knee arthroscopy recovery take?

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 does a knee arthroscopy recovery take?

How long does a knee arthroscopy recovery take?

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 patients walk out from surgery and never turn back. However, patients are often deconditioned because of the injury. This causes muscle (especially quads) weakness and inhibition that takes longer to recover from. ...Read more

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I am having a knee arthroscopy. How long does it usually take?

I am having a knee arthroscopy. How long does it usually take?

Diagnosis dependent: Arthroscopy of the knee can take anywhere from 10 minutes to several hours depending upon the diagnosis and planned surgical intervention. A simple meniscal tear debridement can be very rapid, whereas a meniscal repair combined with a ligament reconstruction can take well over an hour. Your surgeon will give you the most accurate timetable specific to your knee and planned surgery. ...Read more

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How long does it take before i could go back to work from knee arthroscopy?

How long does it take before i could  go back to work from knee arthroscopy?

Depends see below: Depends on the procedure and type of work. In most cases if there is no repair or reconstruction performed in about one week you should be able to return to work except for manual labor which can take up to six weeks. ...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


Dr. Allen Lu
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Knee Arthroscopy (Definition)

A scope (arthroscope) is inserted into the knee to allow visual examination of the structures in the knee for diagnosis. Operative arthroscopy of the knee allows treatment of specific problems without an incision ...Read more