Meniscus Surgery: Recovery Time
Surgery to repair a torn meniscus involves rehabilitation, although it varies depending on the injury, the type of surgery, and your orthopedist's preference. In general, meniscus surgery is followed by a period of rest, walking, and selected exercises.
Every recovery is different and depends on many things. But here are some typical times for returning to activities.
Time needed to return to activities
|Activity|| Uncomplicated meniscectomy || Meniscus repair surgery|
|Bear weight (put weight on your knee while standing or walking)||Right away, as tolerated|| Right away, but only with a brace|
|Walk without crutches||2 to 7 days ||4 to 6 weeks|
|Drive, if the affected leg is to be used for gas and brake or for clutch|
1 to 2 weeks, if:
- You have regained motion with minimal pain.
- You are not taking narcotics.
|4 to 6 weeks |
|Regain full range of motion||1 to 2 weeks||Bending is typically restricted to not more than 90 degrees for first 4 to 6 weeks to allow the meniscus to heal.|
|Return to heavy work or sports|
4 to 6 weeks, if
- You have regained motion and strength.
- Your knee is not swollen or painful.
|3 to 6 months|
|Primary Medical Reviewer||William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine|
|Specialist Medical Reviewer||Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery|
|Last Revised||September 10, 2012|