Meniscus and Cartilage Repair


Will I be allowed to walk after surgery?
You will typically not be allowed to bear weight for the first 4 weeks. After 4 weeks of non-weight bearing, you may be cleared for protected weight bearing in a knee immobilizer. At the 8 week mark after your surgery, you can expect to be cleared to progress weight bearing as tolerated without protection.

When will I be cleared to drive?
This is dependent on which extremity is uninvolved. If surgery is performed on your left knee, you will be cleared to drive an automatic vehicle once you have discontinued narcotics. If surgery is performed on the right knee, you will typically be cleared to drive at 4 weeks postoperatively.

How much physical therapy will be necessary after surgery?
This varies from patient to patient. You can typically expect 4 to 8 weeks of formal physical therapy following this procedure. This will depend on how quickly you regain knee range of motion and quadriceps strength.

When can I shower after surgery?
We typically recommend keeping your incision clean and dry until your follow-up appointment, which is usually 7 to 10 days post-op.

When can I expect to return to work after surgery?
This will be completely determined by the type of work that you do. If your job is office work, consisting of sedentary work, then you could possibly be cleared to return to work as soon as 1 week postoperatively. If your job consists of heavy manual labor, especially climbing, then it would likely be 3 months before you are ready to return to work. This would also be dictated by the speed at which you recover.

When can I return to sports after surgery?
You will be cleared to begin performing squatting maneuvers at 3 months from surgery. At that time you can also expect to be cleared to begin a light progressive jogging program. Your activity level will progress from here and you can expect to return to sports as soon as 4 months from surgery, depending on your quadriceps.