How long before I can return to work after arthroscopic knee surgery to repair my meniscus?

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.
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.
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.
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.

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Can you tell me when does the average person go back to work after a torn meniscus arthroscopic knee surgery?

Depends. Depends on what the work is somewhere between 3 and 12 weeks should cover most everybody. Read more...
1-2 weeks. Depending on the type of work done , sedentary jobs can return to work within a few days, active jobs may require a bit more time and babying. Sutures (if used) usually come out in 7- 14 days so i recommend waiting till they come out. It there is no associated knee problem (arthritis) the biggest hinderamnce to returning to work iws hte muscle weakness associated with the tear. Read more...

Should the swelling be gone? I had arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus 2 weeks ago, and my knee is still swollen at times. Is that something I should be concerned about?

It . It will usually take a few weeks for the swelling to subside. If you have some arthritis as well as a meniscus tear it can take longer for the fluid in your knee to be absorbed. At two weeks post-operation i would not be too worried about having an occasionally swollen knee. Read more...
Not necessarily bad. Not uncommon to still have swelling; depends on activity level, etc. Recommend ice and elevation at end of day. If no improvement or gets worse followup with your doctor. Read more...

When can I hike after knee surgery? I need to go for arthroscopic knee surgery for meniscus repair. I'm planning a vacation in three months to do some moderate hiking. Am I being too optimistic about the recovery period?

That . That is probably a bit on the optimistic side. This would be something to discuss with the surgeon of course. A meniscal repair as opposed to a debridement would require a much longer period of rest because you want to give the repair a chance to work before you go back to putting your knee to work. If the meniscus is debrided back to a stable border (and not repaired) then there is nothing that would keep you from getting back on the trails even before 3 months. Read more...
Hiking afterscope. Most people are functioning well by 3 months after arthroscopy for a meniscus tear. For ligament injuries it is a different story! Read more...

What causes the stiffness and discomfort after arthroscopic knee surgery is done for repairing a torn meniscus?

Normal sequellae. I do not do this procedure, but I do many laparoscopic procedures. I would expect that the normal sequellea to the trauma of the arthroscopy would include some swelling and edema as well as some degree of inflammation. These changes would certainly cause some pain and stiffness, but should be fairly limited and transient. Read more...
Trauma. To muscles, tendons, joint, meniscus and bony surfaces! the tissues are stretched, cauterized, and bruised. Read more...

What to do if I had arthroscopic knee surgery for a torn meniscus 7 months ago and my knee feels the same it did before surg?

Follow up. I would not hesitate to discuss this directly with your surgeon and if you are not fully satisfied with the answer do not hesitate to seek a second opinion. There are many possible causes, your surgeon would be the most able to tell you the likely reason. Read more...

I had arthroscopic knee surgery to fix a lateral meniscus tear. But I was doing a squat and felt popping right there could I have torn my meniscus?

Yes. Yes, it is possible that you tore your meniscus again, particularly if it was not yet fully healed. There are other possibilities as well. I would certainly let your surgeon know. Read more...
How does it feel? Go by your symptoms. How does it feel? Unless it's swollen, you have an effusion, mechanical symptoms like locking or catching and it's affecting your gait then just see how it evolves. Read more...

How would one know if they re injured there lateral meniscus? What are the symptoms? I just had arthroscopic knee surgery but did a squat not it hurts

Best 2 get in 2 C- -Ur surgeon. Squats throw the weight bearing out 2 the perimeter of Ur knee, and that's a good way 2 re-injure Ur self. Especially so if Ur symptoms mimic what U had B4. Read more...