Knee surgery recovery time varies upon the type of surgery and the patients overall health at the time of the procedure.
The knee is a major load bearing joint in the body. The knee is subjected to a great deal of stress through out life and highly prone to arthritis as we age. Surgery is the ultimate option to attempt to improve knee function, there are three types of knee surgery and again recovery time will vary for each of these corrective procedures.
Arthroscopy is the most common form of knee surgery. Two small incisions are made and a scope and instruments are inserted into the knee joint. Typically, arthroscopy is done for diagnostic purposes and to repair torn cartilage and ligaments. Average recovery time from this surgery is 6-8 weeks.
Arthroplasty is more complicated then arthroscopy and is considered a reconstructive procedure. Damage knee cartilage is replaced with plastic or metal since this surgery is more invasive, the recovery time is more prolonged and requires extensive post of care.
Knee replacement surgery is the most extensive of the procedures and therefore more time is needed for a full recovery. The patient will need extensive physical therapy and follow up visits to monitor progress. This goes on for about a year depending on many variables.