Need an acl + meniscus repair surgery for my knee. Can not delay any longer.
Anyone with experience knows how long I would need to be away from work realistically?

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I couldn’t walk for two weeks when I had my ACL surgery (but no meniscus issues) and that third week walking and going out and about was exhausting. Would wait a bit longer before traveling, the cabin pressure is bad for swelling (I had a different ortho surgery three months ago and still swell if I fly). Per the working remotely in less than a week point, that may not be a good idea with the painkillers (and I really don’t recommend tapering off painkillers that early, it was exceptionally painful)


C1 - it's probably wise to have someone around for a couple days post op especially if you're on painkillers and can't bear weight well.

I'd try to get a short local or remote project and take one week PTO in the beginning. There are a lot of physical therapy appointments and flying will be tough for a few weeks. I was 18 when I had mine but I vividly remember the doctor telling me that the titanium screw they put in would make my knee "feel" changes in pressure (in flight or even from weather)'s not painful or anything just interesting that I still feel something in my knee when pressure changes haha


Hey I’ve had 4 surgeries now. The reality is it depends. The pain is manageable, but if they repair the meniscus as opposed to taking it out you’re looking at a long recovery 2-4 weeks before you can travel


Meniscus is the tough part, you will likely be non-weight-bearing for a month or more. Mine was about 15 years ago, so things may have changed since. For only the ACL, I was limping around that afternoon. No work travel for 2 weeks, then back to normal.

During undergrad I had my ACL repaired on a Wednesday and went back to class on a Monday. Having to get on a plane would be harder and I would give it maybe 2-3 more weeks. You could def be back to working remotely in less than a week. I was in a pretty serious brace for six weeks. Not sure if meniscus repair would dramatically impact this timing.

Thank you people, I am worried meniscus will complicate things. I was hoping to be off 2 weeks but seems a realistic timeframe is 1 month

And what about needing help from others. Can I live alone after the surgery (Uber to physiotherapist etc) or do I get some family help

^Agree on having people around right after surgery, but in general you should be fine living alone. I was on crutches 7 weeks this spring and living alone without help for 6 of those weeks - uber/grocery delivery/food delivery are your friends

Mck1 were you off for 6 weeks or doing some non travel work?

Non-travel, and still am because of PT

I had a meniscus repair and was recovering for maybe 5 days and then back to work. They numb you up really well inside the knee such that (when only having the meniscus repair) you must walk out the front door to car.

I had a cane but went to a movie and dinner the first night while still numb. This was a bad choice as the irritation came back like a bitch the next day as the numbing started to wear of.

Surgery was Friday. I recovered over weekend and was on a train Monday. Moving slowly but very much under my own power.

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