What is the recovery period like after arthroscopic knee surgery?
The recovery period following a knee arthroscopy can be impacted by the patient’s willingness to abide by the post-operative care instructions provided by Dr. Patel. Although minimally invasive procedures, such as a knee arthroscopy, often shorten the recovery timeframe, the bones, ligaments, and tendons still take the same amount of time to heal. Typically, most patients can expect a return to normal daily activities in approximately 6 to 8 weeks following a successful arthroscopic knee surgery, but this can vary depending on the damage repaired. In general, patients in the Sugar Land, Pearland, and the Houston, Texas area can anticipate the following:
- The knee joint may continue to feel numb for several hours after surgery.
- A knee brace may be applied immediately following surgery to allow proper tissue healing.
- Weight-bearing will be limited and with the aid of crutches or a walker.
- A combination of rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs) is recommended for pain and inflammation management. If pain persists with oral medications, Dr. Patel may prescribe a stronger pain medication to be taken as directed.
- Adhering to and completing a physical rehabilitation program is crucial to arthroscopic surgery success. Dr. Patel will make his recommendations for the timing of physical therapy based on his intra-operative findings.