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HOW LONG UNTIL FULL RECOVERY?

Recovery time will depend on the procedure performed.

  • If a partially torn meniscus was removed - You should be back to full activities within four to six weeks.
  • If a partially torn meniscus was repaired - You should expect four to six months until full recovery.
  • If you had an ACL reconstruction - You should commit to an aggressive rehabilitation program and expect full recovery in six to nine months (but you can be back at a desk job within a week or two).
  • If you had loose bodies removed - Recovery may take two to four weeks.
  • If you had a loose body repaired - Recovery is usually six to eight weeks.
  • If you had chondromalacia or arthritis - You should expect a couple of weeks to recover.

You will be encouraged to undertake a moderate exercise routine well before your knee is fully recovered. Generally, you will be discouraged from activities that place excess weight or stress on the knee until full recovery. Non-weight-bearing aerobic exercises, like cycling and swimming, are strongly encouraged during the recovery period. Pool exercises are very helpful.

When To Return To Work?

Return to work will depend on your job and the procedure that was done. Generally:

  • If you have a desk job, you could return to work within one week. Try to keep your foot elevated initially to prevent swelling. Get up for a short walk at least every hour for the first few weeks.
  • If you stand most of the day but do not lift heavy objects, you'll probably be ready to return to work within four to six weeks.
  • If your job requires climbing or lifting heavier objects, recovery time will depend on the procedure. You may need to wait two to four months before returning to work and initially avoid lifting objects that weigh more than 10 lbs
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