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
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
You are not taking opioids.
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
Your knee is not swollen or painful.
3 to 6 months
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ByHealthwise Staff Primary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine Specialist Medical ReviewerPatrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopedic Surgery
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