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Has anyone had cartilage removal from the knee? If so how long until you were back at work?
My husband had this done 2 years ago. He had a week off work and needed it!! He did everything that his consultant advised and was driving after about 10 days...not too far though. DH chose a time when he was quieter work wise though, he's self employed. Could you wait until your work load is lighter or is it urgent? Just to say, he's never looked back though and is so pleased he had the op
Thanks work is never quiet. I'm having it done privately as it's a less invasive surgery and know a few tradesman who have been back at work the next day. Although most I've spoken to have said they had needed at least a week off work.
I've had knee surgery 3 times now (torn meniscus) so can speak with some authority on the topic lol!
Your GP is having a laugh if he thinks you can drive the next day. You won't! The knee will be bandaged and swollen and you'll feel like crap. A week yes (though the second time I was off I had two weeks as I found deploying the clutch really uncomfortable).
Self certificate for the week and you should be fine though you'll likely develop arthritis in the knee as that seems to go hand in hand with the surgery.
Update. Had the operation yesterday. Awoke with no pain ( probably due to lots of morphine) was able to walk on it. Woke up this morning with a bit of an ache but have managed to put washing out etc, so looking promising!
I had a similar operation last year (bony spur due to arthritis had broken off and was getting stuck in the joint). My consultant said to rest as much as possible in between doing physio exercises for at least three weeks as that would give me the best long term recovery. He said I'd feel like doing much more after about a week but to force myself to take it easy. It's fine now although I have no cartilage left on the kneecap at all.,,