“There is a great deal of variability in terms of length of time taken to recover from knee arthroscopy,” explains Devin B. Peck, MD, owner of Austin Interventional Pain.
Dr. Peck continues, “This variability depends on both patient factors, including age, pre-operative physical condition and compliance with rehabilitation, as well as procedure factors, i.e., what type of repair is performed.
“In a patient with good pre-procedure fitness, recovery from simple arthroscopy including washout of debris but not requiring repair of major ligaments, can take as little as two to four weeks.
“Recovery from large repairs, such as of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), can take several months.”
Really bad ACL injuries can take about nine months to completely recover from as far as returning to pre-injury athletic activity.