That depends on: In uncomplicated cases, 2-3 weeks after the operation can be light sports again, 6-8 weeks after the knee can usually be heavily loaded again. In more complicated cases, however, it may be that you can never play sports in the same way as before. Mind you: We are talking about normal mortals, not high-performance athletes. Everything is a little faster.
Now what does it matter if a meniscal tear is complicated or uncomplicated? One might think, especially of the extent of the meniscus damage. But it is not like that. Surprisingly, the severity of the meniscal damage plays only a minor role in the prognosis. Much more decisive is how badly the surrounding knee joint was damaged. How much the ripped meniscus rubbed on the neighboring cartilage surfaces. And how long! If a meniscal tear or even a meniscal tear remains untreated for a long time, the knee joint is often affected much more than during a rapid surgical procedure.
If meniscal damage is suspected, go to the doctor quickly
Conclusion: It is absolutely worthwhile to have a (suspected) meniscal damage treated quickly, so do not put the doctor's visit on the back burner. This is especially true when the knee is already more severe complaints and the ability to exercise is severely limited. For then one must assume that the torn meniscus disc rubs constantly on the articular cartilage and the damage increases more with each further week of waiting.
Once again back to sports after the operation: Of course, the resilience after surgery also depends on how old and how fit you are. In younger people, the damaged knee joint surfaces naturally heal a little faster. Nevertheless, even in young adults, the duration of the untreated problem is the deciding factor for the time afterwards.
Author: Dr. med. Jörg Zorn