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What is the recovery timeline for arthroscopic knee surgery?

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Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
Sports Medicine
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In brief: About 6 weeks

The first week you can expect some discomfort.
A small percentage of patients have a lot of pain. Its difficult to determine who they are preoperatively. Most surgeons want you doing a home exercise program during the 1st week. You will be able to walk usually with the use of a cane for a few days. At the end of the 1st week, your surgeon will remove sutures and start pt. Each week you will progressively improve, and usually by 6 weeks you should be 90% healed. The last 10% can take several months.

In brief: About 6 weeks

The first week you can expect some discomfort.
A small percentage of patients have a lot of pain. Its difficult to determine who they are preoperatively. Most surgeons want you doing a home exercise program during the 1st week. You will be able to walk usually with the use of a cane for a few days. At the end of the 1st week, your surgeon will remove sutures and start pt. Each week you will progressively improve, and usually by 6 weeks you should be 90% healed. The last 10% can take several months.
Dr. Aruna Seneviratne
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Dr. Bradley Butkovich
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Bradley Butkovich
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Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine
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In brief: Causes painfull knee

If without repair usually very rapid max is two weeks.
If repair is done it take six weeks to be able to recover. If knee remains warm and painful there is three common cause. Low thyroid, gout , or rheumatoid arthritis. Do tsh(needs to be below 2.0), rf, and uric acid(needs to be below 6.0).

In brief: Causes painfull knee

If without repair usually very rapid max is two weeks.
If repair is done it take six weeks to be able to recover. If knee remains warm and painful there is three common cause. Low thyroid, gout , or rheumatoid arthritis. Do tsh(needs to be below 2.0), rf, and uric acid(needs to be below 6.0).
Dr. John Kayvanfar
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