Patient Comments: Arthroscopy - Recovery

How long was your recovery of your knee arthroscopy procedure?

Comment from: Emapeal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 10

I had a lateral tear in my meniscus in my left knee. I had arthroscopic surgery on a Tuesday and only needed crutches to get up the steps into my townhouse. I started the exercises the doctor gave me that same day. I only took pain pills for one day. By Friday, I was able to walk up and down a flight of stairs. On Saturday, I walked my dog (very short walk). By Sunday I drove my car and shopped for an hour. I started physical therapy (PT) 9 days after the surgery and went two times a week. Within 4 weeks, I had full range of motion. I also continued with PT for 6 weeks to regain strength.

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Comment from: Dawn, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I had arthroscopic surgery in my knee 2 weeks ago. Post operation I needed crutches first day at home. Now, two weeks later, stairs are not a problem, and I can walk with no limp. I can walk two miles with no hills. Every once in a while I walk with a little too much of a stride and I get a sharp pain to the side of my knee. Swelling was gone after a week. I had meniscal repair and bone spur that was impinging the ACL. I will be going back to have my knee replaced in January. I am 51 years old! This is my 4th surgery and I am tired of living with bad 70 year old knees! I want to start living like a 50 year old!

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Comment from: Goldilocks1951, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 19

I am on week 8 since my knee arthroscopy procedure. I did not need crutches and walked within a week over a mile (slow of course). I am now running a bit. The only problem I seem to have is catching and cracking. However, I'm not in pain, just afraid something inside my knee will slip/tear again.

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Comment from: Littlemt, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: September 05

I had knee arthroscopic surgery for meniscus repair on July 2014 and now it's September and I'm still in a lot of pain. My right knee feels like it's going to give out and my left seems to get better (had surgery on both). I went back to work after 10 days for only 4 hours a day, I wasn't ready for that. My job is a standing job.

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: August 29

I'm assuming that most people only write in for bad experiences. Mine has been totally opposite of many I read here. I had arthroscopic surgery for torn meniscus 9 days ago. I walked out of the surgical center fully bearing weight on that leg, and each day it's getting better. I have almost full range of motion, minimal pain and swelling and can even walk up and down stairs. I was very active and in good shape to begin with, and so I was told that there's no physical therapy needed, just use the knee and return to normal activity as tolerated, which I've been doing and I'm feeling great.

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Comment from: Emsgirl24, (Patient) Published: August 27

I had arthroscopic surgery back in May. I feel the surgery was successful, however it's left me with osteoarthritis so bad some days I can barely walk. It's going 6 months, and yeah, I've done physical therapy too. Short of a new knee, I don't know what to do.

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Comment from: Harry, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

I had knee arthroscopy on Monday August 11. After 4 days, I was able to walk around pretty well. Yesterday, I went shopping, saw the doctor for a follow up, and walked the dog for 1 mile. Going up and down stairs was not difficult. The knee is stiff but it has recovered quickly. I am starting the exercises today. I am 71 years old.

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Comment from: mike100, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: July 30

I had arthroscopic surgery 8 days ago. They found a small tear in my meniscus and removed part of it. I walked out of the hospital very slowly 3 to 4 hours after the operation. That day and evening my knee was quite painful, I took medication. The next couple of days I took pain killers and was house bound, but I tried to walk a little (as much as the pain let me). By day 4 I walked slowly to the local shop (about 150 meters). The day after, 30 minutes slow walking. Then 45 minutes and 60 minutes for the next two days. My knee feels ok and no longer clicks when I straighten it. It still feel a little weak and I need to take care but very pleased I had the operation. I just want to put a positive message out to everyone on the site as most people on here seem to be suffering. Reading this made me very nervous before the operation. Good luck everyone, hope you all have a good recovery.

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