It depends. It depends on what procedure you will be having and whether or not there is any associated osteoarthritis as well. For a straightforward arthroscopy and removal of a torn piece of meniscus, the recovery is generally very rapid. If a repair is performed, the recovery is slightly longer. If there is osteoarthritis present, the recovery and theresults are less predictable.
Highly variable. Not all meniscal tears are the same. Treatment decisions hinge upon several variables: age of tear; location of tear; repairability of tear; presence of other knee injuries present; and most important is whether or not you are having any symptoms from the tear. We operate on your knee, not the mri. After arthroscopy, debridement or repair can require up to 6 to 12 weeks respectively for recovery.
Recovery time varies. Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.