Are there any sports I shouldn't do?
How long it takes to recover from an arthroscopy depends on the joint involved and the specific procedure you had.
It is often possible to return to work and light, physical activities within a few weeks, but more demanding physical activities such as lifting and sport may not be possible for several months.
Your surgeon or care team will let you know how long it is likely to take to recover and what activities to avoid until you have fully recovered.
What can I do to make my recovery easier?
It is important that you are as fit and healthy as possible before your operation. You can also prepare your home for when you return from hospital.
If you are overweight or obese, it increases your risk of complications during and after knee surgery. So your surgeon might advise you to lose some weight before your operation.
It is also a good idea to exercise to prepare your upper body for using walking aids. And try to strengthen your leg muscles too, as it will help you recover. Ask your surgeon or physiotherapist for advice on the type of exercises to do.
Try to prepare your home for when you return from hospital. You could rearrange your furniture to make it easier to move around safely. And place items that you use often at arm level, so you do not have to reach for them. An occupational therapist is a good source of advice on aids for your home. Stock up on frozen or tinned food too so you do not need to go shopping immediately after your surgery. Or do an online shop to be delivered when you get home.
If possible, ask friends or family to stay with you for a couple of weeks after the operation to help you while you recover.