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How long should it take to heal from surgery for torn knee cartilage?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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In brief: Usually several wks

Simply debriding torn/injured tissue admitedly allows for more rapid rehabiltation and recovery (1-6 wks).
The analogy is one's reaction to a deep splinter removal: once the offending agent is removed, the root of acute pain is gone, and only minimal healing from the injury to the surrounding tissue remains. Repair/replaceme of cartilage can entail a prolonged (months) course of recovery, however.

In brief: Usually several wks

Simply debriding torn/injured tissue admitedly allows for more rapid rehabiltation and recovery (1-6 wks).
The analogy is one's reaction to a deep splinter removal: once the offending agent is removed, the root of acute pain is gone, and only minimal healing from the injury to the surrounding tissue remains. Repair/replaceme of cartilage can entail a prolonged (months) course of recovery, however.
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