Meniscal Repair Surgery Recovery and Postoperative FAQs

Meniscal Repair Surgery Recovery and Postoperative FAQs

Will my meniscal repair last a lifetime?

It is difficult to predict how long a meniscus repair will last. Sometimes patients with tears to the meniscus need future surgeries like a full knee replacement.

Will I have any scars after meniscal repair surgery?

After arthroscopic meniscus surgery, you will usually have several small scars around the knee. After open surgery, you are very likely to have a larger single scar running down the front of the knee. Your surgeon will give you advice on how to care for your wounds and minimise scarring during recovery.

Will I need to stay in hospital after meniscal repair surgery?

This depends heavily on the type of techniques used during your meniscus repair surgery. For more precise information, ask your surgeon if they believe you will be able to go home the same day as your surgery.

How long do I need to take off work after meniscal repair surgery?

The amount of time needed away from work varies depending on your job but it can be anywhere from 2 weeks to several months. The surgeon will be able to give you a specific recommendation based on your vocation and physical state.

How long do I need to take off sports after meniscal repair surgery?

Again this varies given your athletic abilities, the kinds of sports you enjoy and the kind of surgery you had. Recovery periods can take anything from 3 months to over a year.

Will I be able to take care of my children or pets after meniscal repair surgery?

Given you will be unable to bear weight on your knee for some time, you will need to arrange for support caring for children and pets. It may be necessary to arrange for someone to take your children to school or to drive you to appointments until you are able to do these unaided.

Are there any special steps I need to take when showering or bathing after meniscal repair surgery?

There are plastic covers with special cuffs that can help you keep your knee and wound dressings dry when showering. You will be given advice regarding how to safely shower until your wounds are healed and no longer covered in bandages. It may be necessary to avoid baths until you can bend your knee and your dressings are removed.

Published: Thursday 30 December 2021

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