Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair Surgery
Meniscus repair surgery is intended to preserve meniscus tissue and help
you retain use of your knee. Once your meniscus is repaired and you undergo
proper rehabilitation and physical therapy, you will see an improvement
in your ability to:
- Bend your knee at (or near) a 90-degree angle
- Absorb the shock of physical activity without significant pain
- Perform weight-bearing motions
Meniscus repair is minimally invasive, which means your recovery time is
likely to be much shorter and you may regain use of your knee more quickly.
Though this form of surgery generally allows for a speedier recovery,
your knee must still be protected postoperatively in order to avoid further injury.
What Will Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Be Like?
Orthopedic surgeons often recommend 30-minute exercise intervals 3 times
a day after a meniscus repair surgery. Staying on top of your therapy
and undergoing the prescribed amount of stretching, walking, and exercise
is absolutely essential to making a full recovery.
Generally speaking, you will wear a brace for at least 4 weeks after your
surgery. During this time, the primary focus of your rehabilitation and
physical therapy will be to reduce pain and swelling and work on your
passive range of motion by doing the following:
- Dangling your leg off the edge of the bed to gently stretch and passively
flex the knee
- Walk with a brace that keeps your knee locked into position in order to
gradually improve weight-bearing status (using crutches for the first
- Engage in aerobic exercises such as cycling and rowing without using the
After 4 weeks, your doctor will typically remove your brace and your workout
and therapy regimen will change. The next phase of your recovery will
involve working on functional motion, regaining strength increasing your
passive range of motion to 135 degrees, and increasing your body’s
ability to tolerate weight-bearing exercise, such as:
- Walking unassisted without (full weight-bearing status)
- Full squats, in which thighs are parallel to the floor
- Climbing steps
- Seated leg press
This is when you will begin to feel as though you are nearing the point
of full recovery and use of your knee. While you are certainly on your
way to mobility and proper joint function, you must continue and complete
physical therapy in order to achieve the best results.
At this phase of your recovery, you can expect the following out of your
- Low-impact exercises like walking, swimming, cycling, etc.
- Lateral strengthening exercises such as squats, step-ups, etc.
- Full range of motion restored
Full Recovery Requires an Experienced Physical Therapist
ProFysio Physical Therapy, we have the knowledge, experience, and expertise necessary to help you
regain weight-bearing ability, complete range of motion, and full use
of your knee. If you are preparing to undergo meniscus repair surgery,
it’s not too early to get in touch with one of our physical therapists
in Aberdeen and begin making the necessary preparations.
Contact us to learn about the knee rehab and physical therapy we offer,
and schedule your first appointment by calling (732) 333-6360 today.