At-Home Care and Physical Therapy for a Successful MCL Surgery Recovery

Meniscus repair surgery is one of the most common types of knee surgery. If you are suffering from a torn meniscus, this treatment can fully restore your mobility and end your discomfort. At New York Spine and Sports Surgery, Dr. Aron D. Rovner, MD, will walk you through every step of your MCL surgery recovery. At our New York and New Jersey offices, we utilize the latest surgical techniques, including arthroscopic surgery. With this minimally invasive technique, Dr. Rovner can reduce your recovery time. To further enhance healing, he will provide guidance in the weeks following your surgery. He will also refer you to a physical therapist who will work with the rest of your treatment team to ensure complete healing.

Meniscus Repair: An Overview

There are two types of MCL surgery, and the right one for you will depend on the severity of your tear. During a meniscectomy, Dr. Rovner will trim away the damaged edges of torn tissue. During a meniscus repair, he will stitch the two edges back together. In either case, Dr. Rovner will typically perform arthroscopic surgery. Using a minute, lighted camera, he can perform the entire treatment through incredibly small incisions. These openings will be so tiny that resulting scars will be virtually invisible.

As your recovery continues, you will have regular appointments with Dr. Rovner. During these visits, he can monitor your progress and provide additional guidance for faster healing.

How Long Will It Take to Recover?

Recovery from MCL surgery will depend on the type of procedure you undergo. If you have a meniscectomy, you will typically enjoy a complete recovery in four to six weeks. Following meniscus repair, recovery may take four to five months. Bear in mind, however, that as you heal, mobility will improve rapidly.

Caring for Your Knee During Recovery

Meniscus repair is an outpatient procedure. However, your knee will be swollen, and it will take a while for the anesthesia to leave your system. Therefore, you will need to arrange a ride back from your surgery. When you get home, you should rest with your knee elevated, and you should apply ice packs regularly. Continue to ice your knee for several days. Dr. Rovner will also prescribe pain medication.

For the first one to two weeks after your surgery, you should get plenty of rest and avoid putting weight on your knee. Dr. Rovner will typically supply a brace and crutches. You may rely on crutches for up to six weeks, but this depends on the type of surgery you receive and your body’s natural healing process. Though your physical activities will be somewhat limited, you can resume driving as soon as you can safely and comfortably maintain control of the car.

As your recovery continues, you will have regular appointments with Dr. Rovner. During these visits, he can monitor your progress and provide additional guidance for faster healing.

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Working with a physical therapist will help ensure a quick return to normal activity.

Physical Therapy Is Vital

Along with proper care at home, physical therapy is an important part of MCL surgery recovery. Your therapist will prescribe various exercises, depending on your needs and natural abilities. During the first part of physical therapy, you will focus on building strength so that you can stop relying on the crutches. Once you are able to walk on your own, you will learn a new set of exercises to restore normal range of motion and continue building strength. After you are able to resume your regular activities, your therapist may prescribe additional exercises to ease this transition period. Throughout the entire process, Dr. Rovner will collaborate with your physical therapist to ensure a quick and successful recovery.

Contact Us for More Information

To learn more about what you can expect after MCL surgery, contact our offices today.