Re: Plica Resection / Meniscal Repair Surgery. What Can I Expect?
If it turns out to be plica resection only, that's a pretty minor surgery. Had that last year, and I was walking a day later. By about 5 days later, I was better off than I'd been before the surgery, though it took a couple weeks for the incisions to completely heal and the bruising to fade. I'm still angry at myself for putting it off as long as I did!
If he winds up doing meniscal repair, that's more involved. He will put you in a solid brace or cast, and you'll be on crutches for up to 6 weeks. The areas that are stitched together need to heal.
Whatever surgery you have, there will be bruising on your knee, and probably above and below, too. It will be swollen, partly from the fluid used to inflate the joint for surgery. Ice is your friend, and keep the knee elevated whenever you aren't moving around. Don't be afraid to take your painkillers, they help a lot (although, after my plica resection, I only wound up taking it once.)