Most people recover and resume daily routine activities within four to six weeks of meniscus surgery, according to MedicineNet. Movements that severely stress the knee, such as running, are postponed for months, states WebMD.
The knee is typically immobilized for two weeks after the procedure, states WebMD. Once joint swelling is reduced, physical therapy helps increase strength, improve flexibility and promote joint stability, reports MedicineNet. Even after physical therapy sessions have ceased, patients need to independently continue exercises to promote recovery. Individuals sometimes decrease recovery time by performing exercises to strengthen quadricep and hamstring muscles before the procedure. If muscles are prepared in this way, they do not require as much time to rebuild after surgery.