A meniscectomy removes all or part of the meniscus in your knee. It is done when it is not working the way that it should.
How long it takes you to heal depends on how much damage you had.
To ease pain and swelling:
To care for your incision:
Use a knee brace or crutches as your care team taught you.
Your doctor or physical therapist will give you exercises to help with strength, balance, and range of motion. You may also have some limits:
You may have had to stop taking medicine before surgery. Ask your doctor when you can start taking it again.
You may be given pain pills.
If you are taking medicine:
To lower your risk of a tear:
Your doctor will need to check on your progress. Go to all appointments.
Call the doctor if you aren't getting better or you have:
If you think you have an emergency, call for medical help right away.
Ortho Info—American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Sports Med—American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Canadian Orthopaedic Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO Medical Review Board Warren A. Bodine, DO, CAQSM Last Updated: 3/4/2019