yeah a few times, 3 on the right, 1 on the left. I guess I am a veteran.
Arthoscopy usually involves general anaesthetic and they go in with small incisions and a fiber optic camera. For basic cleanup they usually smoothen any rough arthritic surfaces of the joints/cartilage and make sure everything is smooth again, kinda like scraping off the rust. They may need to trim cartilage if it torn too badly and cannot be smoothened easily.
For basic arthoscopy you are encouraged to start walking on the knee soon so that the muscles don't shrink. I was able to hobble around the next day. The main issue is the swelling, the swelling has to do down before you will be able to bend your knee and do exercises. If there is still swelling the knee won't bend fully.
In my cases it would be like:
week 1 - pain subsides and can move around, knee still swollen so can't bend much
week 2 - swelling starting to go down can drive, stitches removed
week 3 - can walk around except stairs, back to work
week 4 - 85%
week 5 - can do most things
week 6 - can do almost everything and exert the knee
I was able to play soccer 8 weeks later.
I know some people whose swelling went down in the first week, so it may vary depending on the procedure and your body.
If they need to reconstruct ligaments then that is a different kettle of fish.
you can ask them to save anything they remove from you knee, I have a piece of cartilage they took out of my knee in a little bottle.
Originally Posted by G4teamG
Waiting to get approval from workers comp for my knee to get scoped. My question is: Has anyone here ever had that done? Also, how long before I can get back on the bike? Sure, the doctor will probably have the final say but I was just curious as to how long it has taken other people. Thanks.