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How long could it take to recover from knee arthroscopy?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Theodore Shybut
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Weeks

I have seen professional athletes recover in 7 days, ready to return to competition--this is extremely fast.
4-6 weeks is more typical. 2-3 months would be the slower end of the spectrum. Individual recovery will vary based on the extent of pathology/surgery and how quickly you progress through rehab/p.T. After surgery.

In brief: Weeks

I have seen professional athletes recover in 7 days, ready to return to competition--this is extremely fast.
4-6 weeks is more typical. 2-3 months would be the slower end of the spectrum. Individual recovery will vary based on the extent of pathology/surgery and how quickly you progress through rehab/p.T. After surgery.
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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine

In brief: Recovery from knee

Recovery from knee surgery varies from several days to weeks to months.
A straight forward knee arthroscopy with partial meniscectomy will usually require 4-6 weeks to recover from meniscal repair may require 3 months, from acl surgery may require 4-6 months. You need to ask your surgeon what he expects to do and what your expected recovery time is.

In brief: Recovery from knee

Recovery from knee surgery varies from several days to weeks to months.
A straight forward knee arthroscopy with partial meniscectomy will usually require 4-6 weeks to recover from meniscal repair may require 3 months, from acl surgery may require 4-6 months. You need to ask your surgeon what he expects to do and what your expected recovery time is.
Dr. Robert Meislin
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