How long is the recovery after a meniscectomy?
The meniscus plays a vital role in a patient’s gait, joint health and in the overall function of the knee. Meniscectomy surgery, rather partial or full, will need to be carefully monitored by Dr. Nwachukwu. Future activities should avoid high impact sports or activities that cause pain or swelling in the joint. Instead, low impact activities will help patients to avoid developing osteoarthritis.
In general, this minimally invasive procedure has a shorter recovery time than open surgeries. Weight bearing following surgery is allowed when tolerated with crutches the first week. Afterward, full weight bearing and a slow increase in activities may continue for the next two weeks. Most patients return to their pre-surgery activities with in 4 to 6 weeks.