Arthroscopic Meniscal Surgery

  • Keyhole surgery to treat meniscal tear by repair or resection
  • Aim is to preserve (repair) as much meniscus as possible utilising latest techniques and technology
  • There are many tear configurations of which only 15-20% are repairable ( where meniscus is sewn back together)
  • If repaired then a removable brace is required preventing flexion beyond 90 degrees is required for 6 weeks
  • If not repairable then careful resection of tear only is required
  • Special training and techniques required
  • Must do a rehabilation program after surgery where one must expect a 3-4 month recovery
  • Purpose of surgery is to return to activity / reduce requirement for knee replacement


Frequently Asked Questions – Knee Meniscus surgery

When should I start physiotherapy?

Before your outpatient appointment at 2 weeks post op

How long should I have physiotherapy for?

4 months

When can I drive?

2 weeks post op

Is pain expected?

Mild to moderate for 1-2 weeks

How long will I be off work for?

1-2 weeks

Will I be able to walk normally?

After 2 weeks

How long do I need to wear stockings for?

1 week

How long do I need to keep my dressing on for?

2 weeks

Can I go home by myself?


When can I start exercising?

2 weeks post procedure and with the advice from your Physiotherapist Impact activity after 6 weeks

When can I fly?

After 6 weeks