returning to work following knee arthroscopy

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Condition Recommended return to non-manual work Recommended return to manual work
Total hip replacement 6-8 weeks 12 weeks
Knee arthroscopy 1-2 weeks 3-4 weeks
ACL reconstruction   3-9 months
Total knee replacement 6 weeks (1) 12 weeks
Achilles tendon repair   3 - 6 months (depending on workload)
Partial meniscectomy 1-2 weeks 4-6 weeks
Bunionectomy/osteotomy 2-6 weeks 12 weeks
Ingrowing toenail removal of nailbed 2 weeks 2 weeks (longer if walking long distances)


  • the information applies to general fitness to work for people below 60 years of age without other significant disability. This information is only a guide to doctors, who will need to consider the individual clinical circumstances when advising patients


Last reviewed 01/2018