In the first few days after surgery, the joint will recover from the stress of the operation. Rest is required because during arthroscopy, the joint lubricant is “washed out,” and it takes three days for the synovial fluid to regenerate.
After cartilage surgery, complete relief for 6-8 weeks with two crutches is crucial. When this period passes, the operated surface becomes strong enough so that the coating layer would not tear off, and even a small load and stepping on the foot does not compress the cartilage surface.
Only the physiotherapy prescribed by the physiotherapist can be performed with the operated leg, at which time the muscle strengthening and stretching exercises can begin. If the relief does not happen consistently or the physiotherapy starts too early, the process of surface coating is delayed, the surfaces are practically plain, therefore the harmful enzymes can enter the synovial fluid almost unhindered from the bone. Thereby, the wearing process continues, even if an improvement was observed in the short term. To make the regeneration process even more intense in the treated areas, a cartilage-protective injection of hyaluronic acid or polynucleotide can be given into the joint after a few weeks.