That depends on the extent of the operation. And also on the type of occupation. If only a so-called partial resection (only a small part of the meniscus removed), you can go back to work after about a week as a desk sergeant.
Sometimes there is also a sick leave for two weeks .. However, if you follow a physically active activity in which possibly even the knee must be bent more often, you must usually take at least two, rather even three weeks off. Tilers or physical education teachers have to stay longer than administrative employees.
It looks different when different parts of the meniscus have been sewn together again. Then it is important for wound healing that the knee is not burdened for a long time, especially not bent. In addition to wearing a corresponding splint (knee joint orthosis) this means for the office worker 2-3 weeks inability to work, for the tiler or physical education teacher (as well as all other occupations affecting the knee) rather 6-8 weeks break.
All in all, it has to be said that there is no simple and blanket answer to the question of inability to work due to a meniscal tear. Every injury on the meniscus is a bit different, plus the different occupational stress. Ultimately, you have to clarify this in coordination with your doctor.
Author: Dr. med. Jörg Zorn