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Arthroscopy procedure are of two types; diagnostic only and diagnostic & therapeutic both. In your case, the second one ll be done. Usually we do require a repeat surgery after some time to address the cartilage defect (Osteochondral/ cartilage transplantation or cell based).
Rest is dependent on your treating surgeon. So I recommend you to discuss the future possible procedure & plan of action with him.
I hope my opinion will help you.
Get well soon,
Stay happy & healthy,
Patient replied :
What is the normal recovery timeline for both surgeries and will I still be able to play sports (softball) afterwards? I am a 50 year old female.
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For the first surgery, it usually take 4 to 6 weeks for recovery. It is targeted towards reducing pain & improve function.
For the later cartilage repair surgeries, it usually take longer rehabilitation time as cartilage is a slow healing tissue. It also depends upon type of repair procedure done.
I am quite sure that you ll be able to resume your sports activities but you should ask you treating surgeon about your post operative rehabilitation time.