How long are you on crutches after meniscus repair?
Most patients are off crutches at or around the time of the first follow-up visit after surgery (2 weeks), but some may still require them at that time. Don’t worry if you need crutches longer than 2 weeks- remember that everyone’s recovery is different.
How long before you can walk after meniscus surgery?
As this healing occurs, patients progress towards bearing weight, increasing their range of motion, and leaving the knee brace behind. How quickly this progress occurs varies by surgeon, but a typical range is 4-8 weeks. Patients are usually out of the brace and walking without crutches around 2-3 months.
How long are you on crutches after arthroscopic knee surgery?
If necessary, patients use crutches or a walker for one to three days after surgery. If your pain is minimal then you do not have to use crutches or a walker. Once more comfortable, most people are able to walk with just a slight limp within five days after surgery.
Is meniscus surgery painful?
Pain and pain management
Arthroscopic meniscus repair is moderately painful. Because more soft tissue surgery is performed, it is more painful than a standard arthroscopy, but less painful than a ligament reconstruction or another procedure that requires drilling holes through the bone.
Why is my knee so tight after meniscus surgery?
Tightness behind the knee can result from muscular tightness or joint tightness. Muscular tightness can be eliminated through stretching exercises targeted to the hamstring and calf muscles. Joint tightness is tightness of the joint capsule, which is tissue that encloses the knee joint.
How soon can you bend your knee after meniscus surgery?
The First Weeks: Patients can remove the knee brace or immobilizer while not walking, and bend the knee. Your surgeon will typically restrict the amount you can bend your knee, since pressure on the meniscus increases as you bend your knee.
Can I climb stairs after meniscus surgery?
Your program will be increased after your first post-op visit. Walking, standing, stair climbing, etc… are not good for the knee for the first week after surgery so don’t walk or stand anymore than is necessary until the discomfort and swelling from the procedure are gone.
Can you bend your knee after meniscus surgery?
If your torn meniscus was repaired with suture, you will be wearing a knee immobilizer to keep your knee straight. You should keep the knee straight in the immobilizer anytime Page 3 you are putting your weight on your leg, but may bend your knee up to 90 degrees when you are not putting any weight on your leg.
How long does pain last after meniscus surgery?
Most patients realize a benefit from arthroscopic knee surgery within 4 to 6 weeks. Reduction of pain and swelling, and improvement in knee strength, motion, and coordination may continue for three to four months after surgery.
How long will my knee hurt after arthroscopic surgery?
Pain is quite common, most often in the area where you had pain before surgery, in the soft tissues below the knee cap, over the athroscopy wounds and occasionally the whole knee. The pain settles usually within two to three weeks, but may take upwards of six weeks. Swelling in the whole knee up to six weeks.
How do you sleep after meniscus surgery?
Sleep on your back with the leg slightly elevated
This is especially important during the first few days after meniscus surgery. Keeping the leg elevated (but not bent!) encourages healthy circulation, which helps keep pain and swelling in check.
What can I expect after meniscus surgery?
After surgery, a dressing will be applied to the knee, wrapped with an Ace bandage, which will help protect the knee and minimize swelling and pain. An ice pack will be applied to the knee, which will also help prevent swelling and pain. Patients should leave the bandage in place until they receive physical therapy.
Do they put you to sleep for meniscus surgery?
Now, the meniscus tear can be repaired with the arthroscope through two tiny (less than a half-inch) incisions. The surgery can be performed on an outpatient basis in less than an hour. Typically, the surgery can be performed under local anesthesia with sedation, so there’s minimal anesthesia risk.
Is it worth having meniscus surgery?
Surgery to repair tears in the meniscus relieves symptoms 85% of the time. That means that of 100 people who have this surgery, 85 have relief from pain and can use their knee normally, while 15 do not. Surgery to repair tears may reduce the risk of long-term joint problems.