What should I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Quick Recovery. A sore and swollen knee for a couple days. Use crutches as needed for the first couple of days. Use ice readily over the first few days, and start early full range of motion early to reduce swelling and prevent stiffness. Minimize standing and walking until swelling and pain resolve. If swelling gone and range of motion normal, normal activities are allowed usually at 4 weeks post-op.
Some pain & swelling. Mild to moderate pain, gradually decreasing over a 1-2 month period for both. Physical therapy is important for most to augment recovery. Recovery always depends on the extent of the damage in the joint and the particular procedure performed. Note that success rates for those with knee osteoarthritis are unpredictable.

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I play football. What can I expect after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Physical therapy ++. You'll certainly need to build up the muscles that attach to the knee (quads, hamstrings, calf muscles etc), and do a lot of specified therapy by a well trained sports physical therapist. But when, or if, you should go back to playing football will be related to what type of football, what level of play, what procedure u had, how well u recovered: in other words, what the 'orthopod' says. Read more...

Is it possible to go back to work the same day after arthroscopic knee surgery?

Knee surgery. Anything is possible. However, it's better not to stress the knee and to allow some healing instead of aggravating the knee by returning to work -so no you should not return to work until instructed by your surgeon. Read more...
Possible, but..... Is it possible that one is an investment banker and drive from li to nyc directly from the surgical suite after taking oxycodone, weave in and out of cars (no traffic at 2pm), avoid getting pulled over by cops, almost causing an accident/ /multiple injuries/fatalities on the way, in order to get to that meeting because one feels that it's crucial to be at the meeting to close a $1b deal? Sure. Read more...