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What is the recovery time for a microfracture knee surgery?

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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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


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What can I expect after microfracture knee surgery?

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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How long does microfracture knee surgery usually take?

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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Are knee imoblizers really needed after microfracture knee surgery. Why?

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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Typically how long after microfracture knee surgery can you start to run again?

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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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?

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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What happens if the holes drilled during microfracture knee surgery don't fill in? How do you tell? Is another surgery needed?

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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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.

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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How long after microfracture knee surgery can I return to school ?

How long after microfracture knee surgery can I return to school ?

As you feel...: Comfortable. You may not be able to drive especially if you are taking narcotic pain medication but as soon as you feel up to it usually you can return to school. Be sure you are following your post-op guidelines about weightbearing and bracing. ...Read more

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I'm having microfracture knee surgery on my right leg done. How long till you can typically drive?

I'm having microfracture knee surgery on my right leg done. How long till you can typically drive?

Knee surgery: Obviously it is important to use your right leg to drive. If the surgery was on your left probably would be able to drive immediately. Good idea to have a temporary handicap hanger from doc. Usually weight bearing after micro fracture is restricted for 6-12 weeks depending on location and extent. Driving will have similar restrictions. Discuss this with your surgeon. ...Read more

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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?

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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My doctor did a microfracture knee surgery in multiple spots in my knee. Is that normal?

My doctor did a microfracture knee surgery in multiple spots in my knee. Is that normal?

Do u feel better?: Your description is very general. Go for 2 nd opinion if you don't feel better or discuss with your surgeon. ...Read more

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Im having microfracture knee surgery on my right knee next week; and I have to drive to school myself. Can my doctor to clear me to drive super early?

Im having microfracture knee surgery on my right knee next week; and I have to drive to school myself. Can my doctor to clear me to drive super early?

Driving: Not a good idea until able to weight bear just in case you would need to brake suddenly. This is a safety issue. What if you could not avoid an accident because you were unable to respond suddenly and brake. What if you we hurt seriously or if you seriously hurt someone else? Is that worth the risk? Doubt the doctor thinks so. ...Read more

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Having microfracture knee surgery, what if doc finds I have a torn ACL in surgery. Will he fix it then? Or wait to do another surgery?

Having microfracture knee surgery, what if doc finds I have a torn ACL in surgery. Will he fix it then? Or wait to do another surgery?

Knee Surgery: This should be discussed with the surgeon before you enter the or suite. If not discussed beforehand then the surgeon will not fix as there has been no informed consent to fix it. If discussed prior and they find an acl tear and they have your permission they will fix it. ...Read more

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Had microfracture knee surgery, and i'm toe touch weight bearing, can I drive? When can i. I haven't seen my surgeon since surgery. It was a 5, day ago

Had microfracture knee surgery, and i'm toe touch weight bearing, can I drive? When can i. I haven't seen my surgeon since surgery. It was a 5, day ago

Call your surgeon: These are good questions and glad you are overall doing well. Best to call your surgery team, make that post operative appointment, take a friend with you, and ask all these questions. Your surgeon knows your case the best. Be well. ...Read more