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Recovery Guidelines for Knee Arthroscopy with Meniscal Repair

Dr. Fuchs is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon that specializes in diagnosing and surgically treating knee injuries. To aid in recovery, Dr. Fuchs has provided his post-operation guidelines.  If you have further questions regarding recovery guidelines, call (425) 823-4000 to schedule an appointment at our orthopedic clinic in Kirkland, WA today!

0-6 weeks post-op

  • Brace 0-90° for 5 weeks post-op
  • Toe-touch weight-bearing for 6 weeks post-op
  • Use of crutches for 6 weeks post-op

0-2 weeks post-op

  • Pain/edema control, patella mobilizations if necessary
  • Modalities as needed
  • Quad Sets/Hamstring co-contractions 2-3x’s daily
  • SLR in brace at 0° until quad can maintain knee locked
  • Heel slides in brace
  • Obtain full extension if lacking

2 weeks post-op

  • Stationary Bike with seat high and lower to normal seat height as tolerated
  • Leg extensions with in ROM restrictions, use high volume and light weight
  • Leg curls with in ROM restrictions, use high volume and light weight

6 weeks post-op

  • Full WB (if OK by MD)
  • No pivoting, twisting, hopping, jumping, running
  • Encourage full ROM as tolerated
  • Normalize gait mechanics
  • Progress open/closed chain exercises as tolerated
  • Isokinetics exercises
  • Treadmill forward and retro walking
  • Single leg Stands for proprioception
  • Cardiovascular Equipment of choice
  • Slide Board – start with short distance and increase as tolerated
  • Be aware of PF signs and symptoms and manage accordingly

8 weeks post-op

  • Increase progressive resistance exercises for strength, high-intensity low volume; full ROM
  • Single leg squats

10 weeks post-op

  • Plyometrics – with both feet and move to single leg ASAP
  • Assess light jogging on treadmill

12 weeks post-op

  • Sport specific drills
  • Plyometrics for speed and power
  • Clearance from doctor prior to return to sport

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Schedule an Appointment for Meniscal Repair Surgery Today

If you have an upcoming procedure with Dr. Robin Fuchs, review the meniscal repair recovery guidelines. If you have any additional questions about your procedure, please call (425) 823-4000 to request an appointment at our orthopedic clinic in Kirkland, WA.

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