Hopefully your knee goes better than mine
Normally after an arthroscope and clean up of cartilage - you walk out of hospital that day - and 2-3 weeks latter should be back on the bike.
But - if they find more damage or problems - can take longer - with mine, they ended up doing a MACI - they found a large hole where the cartilage was missing during the arthroscope - so had to have another surgery to get a biopsy, where they removed some cartilage, sent it to a lab in Melbourne, where they grew it via stem cell technology, then 6 weeks latter, had surgery again to insert my "new" cartilage. For the new graft to take though, I couldn't move my knee for 6 weeks - so lost all muscle control over that leg, which required lots of rehab (water exercises and pilates - highly recommend both). As I was new to a bike, they didn't let me on till 4 months after surgery as they were worried about me clipping in and out, balance etc -- but were happy for exercise bike.
I am happy with the result - but not happy that my other knee is starting to show signs like the other one did before it went out - finally got my fitness back and sick leave back - can;t bear the thought at this stage of another 3 surgeries.
Fingers crossed yours is a simple arthroscope and they find nothing else :-)
How did you do yours Boz? Injury or did it degenerate?
Combination of things - but essentially in the end - it was been overweight and pushing my body too hard - plus on top years of playing basketball (ie - lots of jumping) had worn the cartilage out - and pushing through the pain for 6 months before seeing a surgeon ..... well .... lesson learnt.
The scary thing is been told in your early thirties you have arthritis in your knees and you will need knee replacements in the future
Probably should stop talking - will freak matt J out ... lol
Exactly the same as me!!! Mid thirties and all...!
As Gillian said it depends I had the left done and it was 6 to 18 months before it was trouble free,
I had the right one done and never ran again and it was not really trouble free until I had the knee replaced 25 years later this was an open operation and it was complicated by golden staph.
20 minutes in an exercise bike at a physiotherapist is not the same as going up Norton summit on 20 minutes
I will suggest that some surgeons are more talented than others (like every other profession).
Some injuries are worse than others.
I hope it goes well and you have a swift, full and reasonably pain free recovery
I had that done 8 or 10 years ago - was on the bike pretty quick after the surgery - just a few days for easy rides. It felt so good that it wasn't clicking and pulling and hurting anymore! Good luck!
I've also had the cartilage removed in my left knee via arthroscope over 2 separate operations because the first one didn't work. Comments about it being different for different people is probably about right.
Forget about riding for at least 2 weeks. The first week you'll find it very swollen, inflexible and painful (well, I did), but then it starts to come good fairly quickly. I still wouldn't ride a bike on the road for around 4 weeks - just in case you need to put the injured foot down in a hurry to avoid an incident, etc... Could do more damage. A stationary exercise bike can be introduced slowly from about 2 weeks I reckon. Totally up to your recovery as to when you hit the road... Gently gently imho.
Surgeon at this point has said to leave it for a little longer, its not conclusive if its a flap or a tear. Only if its a flap with a "scope" be able to clean it up.
So I'll do just that, the last ride on Sunday (73k) was feeling it a little, but prior to that I was in major pain about 20~25 km into the rides.
Thanks for putting the fear of god into me Matt Boz.......
I"m having my op mid May and the surgeon says i can be on the indoor trainer 2 weeks after the op.