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What is the expected recovery time after a knee arthroscopy?

What is the expected recovery time after a knee arthroscopy?

Depends: Knee arthroscopy is highly dependent on the procedure being performed along with it. Trimming a torn meniscus can lead to immediate relief and return to function while acl or PCL reconstructions take 8-9 months to recover. It also depends on your conditioning before surgery. Pain from quad weakness and tendinitis will not improve at all after surgery. It will depend more on rehab. ...Read more

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Dr. Milroy Samuel
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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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What is the recovery time for a knee arthroscopy before I can run again?

What is the recovery time for a knee arthroscopy before I can run again?

Procedure dependent: It would depend on what was performed. You may be able to return to running within 4 week. ...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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How long is the recovery for a knee arthroscopy?

How long is the recovery for a knee arthroscopy?

Knee scope Recovery : Reovery after a knee scope depends on what was done. The surgeon may not want you bear weight on the knee for 3-6 weeks if certain procedures are done. Since basketball inolves quite a bit of stress to the knee i would not let my patient return for a minimum of 3 weeks if a simple meniscectomy was performed; more if a meniscal repair, microfracture or other restorative procedure. ...Read more

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I'm curious as to how long is the recovery period for a knee arthroscopy?

I'm curious as to how long is the recovery period for a knee arthroscopy?

Time for recovery: Recovery period following knee arthroscopy will vary from patient to patient and from procedure to procedure. A removal of loose body may have a relatively quick recovery whereas an arthroscopically assisted acl reconstruction will require 4-6 months. For a meniscal repair a much longer period of recovery than a meniscectomy. ...Read more

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Had a knee arthroscopy done 3 times. Twice in 2004 and once in 2005. To this day i still have pain, discomfort, and swelling. Why is that?

Knee scope: The answer can be multifactorial. Ensure that you have no systemic illness, autoimmune disorder or side effect of medication that is causing knee pain. Have your hip and lower back evaluated. Have a new standing p/a x rays and MRI performed and seek a second and/or third opinion. ...Read more

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Is it safe to start the nicotine patch a few days before knee arthroscopy? I would be wearing it during the surgery. Does it affect healing time?

Is it safe to start the nicotine patch a few days before knee arthroscopy? I would be wearing it during the surgery.  Does it affect healing time?

Yes, it is safe: Yes, it is safe to wear a nicotine patch during a surgery. Smoking certainly delays healing time in part by decreasing availability of oxygen in the blood, and abstaining from smoking with help from the patch will actually improve your post-surgical healing and is a very well-informed and health-conscious decision that you've made. www.tobaccofreeflorida.com is an excellent quitting resource. ...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