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How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?
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Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Depends.
Depending on what you do and what was done, your return to work can range from a week to 6 weeks.
If the meniscus is resected and not repaired, there are typically no significant activity restrictions post-op. However, if the meniscus was repaired, typically this requires some bracing, protected weightbearing, and that may restrict on what you need to do to work.

In brief: Depends.
Depending on what you do and what was done, your return to work can range from a week to 6 weeks.
If the meniscus is resected and not repaired, there are typically no significant activity restrictions post-op. However, if the meniscus was repaired, typically this requires some bracing, protected weightbearing, and that may restrict on what you need to do to work.
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
Dr. Gwo-Chin Lee
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Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree
In brief: What kind of work?
Most meniscal surgeries are a meniscectomy rather than a repair. Meniscectomy recovery is about 1-2 months depending upon other factors.
Meniscal healing after a repair is not a guarantee. It takes 6-12 months for full healing. If you have a desk job, then a few days to a few wks.

In brief: What kind of work?
Most meniscal surgeries are a meniscectomy rather than a repair. Meniscectomy recovery is about 1-2 months depending upon other factors.
Meniscal healing after a repair is not a guarantee. It takes 6-12 months for full healing. If you have a desk job, then a few days to a few wks.
Dr. Zubin Khubchandani
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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Varies
The typical uncomplicated knee scope requires 3-4 weeks to recover from. Unfortunately, not all scopes are the same.
With meniscus repair, 3-4 months are required. Therefore, depending on your job, it could be anywhere from 1-2 weeks to return to a sit down job, and as long as 4 months to return to a heavy duty job.

In brief: Varies
The typical uncomplicated knee scope requires 3-4 weeks to recover from. Unfortunately, not all scopes are the same.
With meniscus repair, 3-4 months are required. Therefore, depending on your job, it could be anywhere from 1-2 weeks to return to a sit down job, and as long as 4 months to return to a heavy duty job.
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine
In brief: Meniscus
For both partial meniscectomy and meniscal repair return to work (rtw) can occur after about a week assuming that it is a sedentary job.
For a professional athlete it may take up to 3 months; for a meniscectomy an athlete can return 3-4 weeks after surgery.

In brief: Meniscus
For both partial meniscectomy and meniscal repair return to work (rtw) can occur after about a week assuming that it is a sedentary job.
For a professional athlete it may take up to 3 months; for a meniscectomy an athlete can return 3-4 weeks after surgery.
Dr. Robert Meislin
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