It depends on the type of injury and the type of surgery. For example, if only a small part of the meniscus has been removed, it is usually possible to return home on the day of the procedure and you do not need a splint, often even crutches. In that case you can do sports again after about two weeks.
It takes a little longer for the meniscus to be sewn or stapled, ie when two parts have to grow together again. Then you have to wear a special splint for about six weeks, which mainly prevents the knee from bending too much. In addition, one must then use crutches to avoid a greater load on the knee. Sport or other physical stress on the legs is then possible at the earliest after six to eight weeks.
Overall, one can hardly make blanket forecasts here, because almost everything depends on the individual case. In each case, discuss the topic of sports and stress after the meniscus surgery in detail with the attending physician.
Author: Dr. med. Jörg Zorn