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What is the recovery time for arthroscopic knee surgery?

Recovery from an arthroscopy takes time, especially when the procedure is done on a joint such as the knee, which is under high stress. The exact schedule regarding your ability to put weight on the knee will depend on your specific case, but a common return to activity is outlined below:


  • 0-2 days: total non-weight bearing with crutches and a knee brace
  • 2-7 days: range of motion exercises with no weight bearing
  • Around 1 week: return to non-physical work with crutches, some weight bearing
  • Around 3 weeks: return to full weight bearing with a knee brace
  • Around 4-6 weeks: removal of knee brace

The recovery from arthroscopy requires you to follow a physical therapy plan and attend follow-up visits. This is critical to make sure that the leg maintains its strength and the knee keeps its full range of motion.

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* Savings estimate based on a study of more than 1 billion claims comparing self-pay (or cash pay) prices of a frequency-weighted market basket of procedures to insurer-negotiated rates for the same. Claims were collected between July 2017 and July 2019. R.Lawrence Van Horn, Arthur Laffer, Robert L.Metcalf. 2019. The Transformative Potential for Price Transparency in Healthcare: Benefits for Consumers and Providers. Health Management Policy and Innovation, Volume 4, Issue 3.

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