Meniscus Recovery Explained by Drs. Brad Bernardini, John Gray, and Jeffrey Murray
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Dr. Murray: Recovery from meniscus surgery, again, is variable depending on whether you have what's called a meniscectomy, where we remove a portion of the meniscus or a meniscal repair.
Dr. Gray: If you repair a meniscus, often the patient is required to stay on crutches just a little bit of an extended period of time, maybe two to three weeks. We then advance weight-bearing activities and physical activities. Often, return to high-level activities in sports is somewhere between three and six months.
Dr. Bernardini: Physical therapy after meniscus repair is critical. Physical therapy after a meniscus removal, or what we call debridement, is typically not needed. The restrictions and the protocols for a meniscus repair, again, which is typically done in a younger, adolescent-type patient, does require a physical therapy program. In general, there are some restrictions for the first six weeks. We like to have that patient usually walk with the leg fully straight in a brace, and it actually helps to support the repair. Bending can occur up to 90 degrees, when non-weight bearing, for the first six weeks. After that, we start to increase range of motion, and we allow patients to start to walk without braces.
Dr. Gray: If we just debride a meniscus, or trim up the meniscus, often the patient is on crutches for three days, back to a biking or elliptical walker within ten days to two weeks, and back to fairly high-level activity within four weeks afterwards.