Most patients can weight bear as tolerated immediately after the surgery. You will be informed if this is not the case. Crutches may be used for comfort where necessary and are only usually required for 2-3 days. It is advisable not to over exert too quickly after the operation as this can increase discomfort and swelling. Normal activities can be gradually reintroduced within comfort levels.
Most patients are able to drive a car the following day. People with desk jobs may return to work as early as 1-2 weeks after the arthroscopy, while people in heavy manual employment may require 6 weeks off work. Sport can often be reintroduced from 4-6 weeks. 80% of high level and elite athletes return to match fitness by 16 weeks.
A small number of patients may have ongoing mild discomfort for up to 3-4 months after the procedure, depending on the degree of joint damage present at arthroscopy.