When can the leg be fully loaded again after meniscal surgery?

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

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Comments (5)
7 weeks after double meniscal suture and still no end of the crutches in sight !?
5 Friday, March 23, 2018 at 18:34
Hello, dear people,
I had surgery on the knee 7 weeks ago. New cruciate ligament. In addition, inner and outer meniscus were sewn respectively. Thank God, I no longer have pain. However, the swelling is still clearly visible under heavy load, and I am still totally dependent on the crutches. Without these crutches I can go in the apartment a maximum of 5 meters. Although I see a little progress constantly, I am still surprised that after 7 weeks I am still on the crutches.
Of course, I also do physiotherapy and lymphatic massage according to the specifications. I would be very happy about your opinion and an exchange of experience.
Best regards! Christian.
Meniscus surgery
4 Monday, 04 December 2017 09:55
Frank Hrinkow
Have on 30.11.2017 received a meniscus surgery with partial removal. Had a fairly deep tear in the inner meniscus with also noted osteoarthritis. Already the next day, after the drainage was removed, I was able to move almost freely and did not need crutches. Only the leg can not be completely angled. Can also take longer walks without pain. Since the Internet is often reported on very poor healing processes, I also wanted to bring my sometimes quite positive experience. As for me, I am 52 years old and I walk regularly.
Cracks in the outer meniscus posterior horn and ganglion
3 Thursday, 04. May 2017 at 20:04
Yvonne Münch
Hello, have an arthroscopy this month, because after almost a year my knee does not rest, even with Physio did not get better! The ganglion is removed from me and the outer meniscus is pointed. When can I practice my sport (football) (goalkeeper) again and how long will I be missing in my job as a butchery saleswoman?
Rear horn
2 Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12:48 pm
Hi, I was operated in August 2012 at the back of the horn and was able to jog for about 2 months already slightly less than 5 km. In January I ran a 10km race in about 45 minutes, had no further complaints afterwards.
After a meniscus. O. P. how long does it take to be able to walk again without pain?
1 Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 01:05
Delia Heuer
I was operated about a week ago and can not walk properly yet, what can I do to make it better?