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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
21 years in practice
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What is the recovery time for a microfracture knee surgery?

Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
21 years in practice
294K people helped
What is the recovery time for a microfracture knee surgery?

3 to 6 months: The first six weeks after micro fracture surgery, patients are asked to use crutches and protect weight bearing. After that, progressive weight bearing is introduced, and range of motion is achieved in the second six weeks. The third six weeks is focused on strengthening, and the 4th 6weeks is geared for sports specific training. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Jeffrey Berg
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
24 years in practice
35K people helped
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Are knee imoblizers really needed after microfracture knee surgery. Why?

Dr. Jeffrey Berg
Board Certified, Sports Medicine
24 years in practice
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Are knee imoblizers really needed after microfracture knee surgery. Why?

Microfracture: Different surgeons have different protocols and you should discuss with your surgeon. Typically, motion of the knee and non weight bearing (WB) are used postop for about 6 wks. There are exceptions. If the micro fracture was in the kneecap joint a knee immobilizer may be used to reduce WB knee flexion and WB with a straight leg may be permitted. Some docs use less restrictive protocols however. ...Read more

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Dr. Arnon Rubin
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Dr. Philip Chao
Board Certified, Radiology
33 years in practice
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What do I need to know about a microfracture knee surgery?

Dr. Philip Chao
Board Certified, Radiology
33 years in practice
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Dr. Mark Galland
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
27 years in practice
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What can I expect after microfracture knee surgery?

Dr. Mark Galland
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
27 years in practice
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What can I expect after microfracture knee surgery?

Varied: The response to microfracture knee surgery is varied from person to person and is directly dependent on size and type of cartilage lesion. You may require a cpm, and may be 6-8wks strict non weight bearing. If the microfracture is under patella, a brace may be required and rom restricted in the beginning stages. Discuss specifics with your surgeon to gain a better idea of your recovery. ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Galland
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
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How long does microfracture knee surgery usually take?

Dr. Mark Galland
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
27 years in practice
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Depends: This is dependent on what is found during the operation. If an acl reconstruction or other procedure is required it will take longer. Microfracture alone will take between 30min - 1 hr. Your surgeon will be able to give you a more exact time frame. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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Had microfracture knee surgery and don't get my sutures taken out for 15 days. Is that normal to wait that long? I've read it's usually 10-14day.

Dr. Alvin Lin
Board Certified, Geriatrics
25 years in practice
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Had microfracture knee surgery and don't get my sutures taken out for 15 days. Is that normal to wait that long? I've read it's usually 10-14day.

Ask questions pre-op: Disclaimer: i'm not a surgeon. But as a family doc, i always advise my patients to ask questions about proposed test, xray, procedure, surgery, medication, whatever before agreeing to it. In other words, best time to ask about when to remove sutures is before operation. And best person to ask is your surgeon, not some random doc online. With that said, 15d vs 10-14d isn't really a big difference. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Hampton
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
10 years in practice
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Had microfracture knee surgery and don't get my sutures taken out for 15 days. Is that normal to wait that long? Will it hurt?

Dr. Daniel Hampton
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
10 years in practice
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Had microfracture knee surgery and don't get my sutures taken out for 15 days. Is that normal to wait that long? Will it hurt?

Suture Removal: It's normal to wait for anywhere from 1-2 weeks, and sometimes more, to remove sutures. Suture removal isn't usually that painful although there is often some discomfort. ...Read more

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Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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Typically how long after microfracture knee surgery can you start to run again?

Dr. Tariq Niazi
Board Certified, Orthopedic Surgery
38 years in practice
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Typically how long after microfracture knee surgery can you start to run again?

No running for at --: Least 3 months, if i was the surgeon. Your surgeon will be the only one to answer that as only he knows what he saw and did exactly. Also depends on your progress from the surgery. Any pain or swelling? Check with your surgeon. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Alvin Stein
Board Certified, Pain Management
55 years in practice
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What happens if the holes drilled during microfracture knee surgery don't fill in? How do you tell? Is another surgery needed?

Dr. Alvin Stein
Board Certified, Pain Management
55 years in practice
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What happens if the holes drilled during microfracture knee surgery don't fill in? How do you tell? Is another surgery needed?

problem: Is that they will fill but will they form cartilage. Better to get prolotherapy and platelet rich plasma therapy to the knee and no more surgery. Visit www.Getpropl.Com or www.Aaomed.Org for infomation and to find a doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
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I started walking 3 weeks after microfracture knee surgery. I was suppose to wait 5 weeks before weight bearing but i didn't. Is that bad?

Dr. Donald Alves
Board Certified, Emergency Medicine
19 years in practice
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I started walking 3 weeks after microfracture knee surgery. I was suppose to wait 5 weeks before weight bearing but i didn't. Is that bad?

Depends: If you prefer a knee replacement, or chronic pain, both things am sure your orthopedist mentioned to you...Then, no problem. Guessing that might not be the case, get back on your crutches and off of it so it can continue to heal. The timelines set for post-op are based on time it takes to heal properly. Don't sabotage yourself by being in a rush. If feeling great, call and ask your ortho dr if ok. ...Read more

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