There are several factors that will influence how long it takes to recover from meniscus surgery, including your age, overall health, and activity level, as well as the extent of your injury. The specific type of meniscus surgery you require will also determine the duration of your recovery period. For this article, let’s explore the healing process associated with meniscus repair surgery, which is a common and minimally invasive arthroscopic procedure that involves repairing a torn meniscus.
Meniscus Repair Recovery Timeline
University of Michigan Health offers a general timeline for meniscus repair surgery:
Immediately After Surgery
Some patients may be able to stand immediately following meniscus repair surgery with the assistance of a knee brace, although this isn’t always advised.
Four to Six Weeks After Surgery
Walking without crutches is usually possible four to six weeks after meniscus repair surgery. At this point, many patients are also able to drive and regain a full range of motion (although bending the affected knee more than 90 degrees may still be off-limits).
Three to Six Months After Surgery
The majority of patients are able to return to normal activities between three and six months after meniscus repair surgery. Of course, “normal” activity is relative—for example, it will take longer to return to playing a high-impact sport like football than it will to walking your dog at the local park.
Another common meniscus surgery is a meniscectomy, which involves removing all or a portion of a torn meniscus. Generally speaking, it takes less time to recover from a meniscectomy than meniscus repair surgery.
How to Streamline Your Meniscus Repair Recovery
The best way to streamline your recovery period and get back on the move as quickly as possible is to carefully follow your surgeon’s individualized recovery instructions. No two patients are exactly alike, and the standard recovery guidelines aren’t applicable to everyone. If you’re healing from any type of knee surgery, avoid pushing yourself too hard and make sure to attend all recommended post-operative appointments and physical therapy sessions. If something seems off (for example, if you experience rapidly worsening pain or inflammation), don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon.
Knee Surgery at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group
Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group—a division of Florida Medical Clinic and the longest-operating orthopedic practice in the region—is a premier destination for patients who need meniscus surgery and other specialized knee procedures. Our team is led by Dr. Daniel Murphy, a board-certified orthopedic sports medicine surgeon who utilizes minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques when performing meniscus repair operations and meniscectomies.
Whether you’re considering meniscus surgery or are interested in exploring your nonsurgical alternatives, we encourage you to schedule an appointment at Tampa Orthopaedic & Sports Medicine Group. Our expert team can walk you through all of your treatment options and help you make an informed and confident decision about your joint health. We accept most health insurance plans and are conveniently located on Howard Avenue in South Tampa.