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How long does an ACL and meniscus repair take?

How long does an ACL and meniscus repair take?

Give Yourself Enough Recovery Time How long it takes to heal after knee surgery varies from one person to another. On average, it takes athletes six to nine months of healing before they can start playing again. All surgeries have different recovery periods, but each of them is just as important to take seriously.

Is Torn ACL or meniscus worse?

Many ACL tears we see only have problems ascending stairs, jogging, or walking downhill but can walk up hills and on flat roads without an increase in pain. A meniscus tear, on the other hand, will cause fairly severe pain even just standing on it.

When to have an ACL reconstruction or meniscus repair?

Knee Arthroscopy and Recovery. Arthroscopic surgery takes place only after the immediate post-injury swelling and inflammation has diminished, and the patient has recovered almost complete range of motion. Arthroscopic photo showing meniscus tear. When the ACL is sustains a complete tear, the surgeon must replace it with a graft.

Can a meniscus tear be repaired after surgery?

Whether a tear can be successfully treated with repair depends upon the type of tear, as well as the overall condition of the injured meniscus. Because the meniscus must heal back together, recovery time for a repair is much longer than from a meniscectomy.

What are the rehab steps for ACL reconstruction?

Activate quads to maintain knee extension. Aerobic exercises consisting of upper body ergometer, well legged stationary cycling. Continue to decrease pain. Brace locked in extension for weight-bearing, progress to full weight-bearing. Passive range of motion 0 to 90 degrees.

When to touch down weight bearing after ACL reconstruction?

Touch down weight bearing x 3-5 days, progress to full weight bearing with good mechanics. Passive range of motion 0-90 degrees. Nurse visit at 14 days for suture removal and check-up. Continue with soft tissue mobilization, patellar glides, range of motion. Continue with previous exercises; increase core/gluteal strength.