How can you bend your knee after meniscus surgery?

Meniscus surgery, whether it’s a partial meniscectomy or meniscal repair, can be performed arthroscopically. It’s still a big surgery that requires time and effort to recover successfully. In this Ask Dr. Geier video, I discuss the process of starting to bend your knee after meniscus surgery.

Natasha asks:

What can I do to improve the bending of my knee after partial lateral meniscectomy? I am 12 days post op. I am able to fully straighten my knee, although I still walk with a limp. My knee can still only bend a maximum 90-degree angle.

Physical therapy can help you bend your knee after meniscus surgery

Partial meniscectomy surgery involves trimming out the torn piece of meniscus. Usually surgeons do not limit your knee range of motion after surgery. Still it can require work to get your knee bending back to normal.

I think doing some knee exercises on your own after meniscus surgery can help. But as I discuss in this video, there are some important reasons why working with a physical therapist can help you recover quicker.

Also read:
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When can you return to work after meniscus surgery?

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