Will my meniscus be partially removed or repaired?
This depends on several factors including your age, the type of tear, and the location of the tear. If the surgeon feels your tear can be repaired, then she will repair it, otherwise, the problematic area will be debrided and removed. She will take the least amount of meniscus as possible in order to leave the most cushion to protect the cartilage. If your meniscus is repaired, the surgeon will sew the tear together. The repaired meniscus is very fragile the first few weeks after surgery, so you will have a different recovery plan.
How long will I stay in the hospital?
This surgery is done as ambulatory surgery, meaning you will go home the same day of surgery.
What are the possible risks and complications of surgery?
As with any surgery there is a low risk of blood clot, nerve damage, and postoperative infection. Specific risks and complications include but aren’t limited to re-injury, post-op stiffness, and arthritis.
When can I drive?
You may not drive while taking pain medication. Additionally, if it is your right knee, you will not be able to drive for approximately 2-6 weeks after surgery, depending if the meniscus was repaired or removed.
When can I resume jogging and more sport specific activities?
You will not resume jogging until cleared by your physician. This typically is around 3 months after surgery, depending on quadriceps strength. You will be allowed to begin biking without resistance once you have adequate range of motion and will begin this with your physical therapist. Once adequate quad strength is demonstrated you will transition to the Elliptical machine, running is the next step, and then you may proceed to more sport specific activities. Please see Your Surgery and Physical Therapy for more information on this condition.