I also had an NHS arthroscopy 5 weeks ago. I was able to walk out of the hospital and was driving and walking the following day, the knee was a bit sore and slightly swollen for a couple of days but now I can do slow jogs for about an hour at a time. Lucky me. I say this because I know that each arthroscopy is different: a friend also had the same op on the same day as me and she is still getting some pain and is not nable to run yet. Having said this the post-operation booklet I was given at the hospital said that if the swelling had not gone down in the first week that I should get myself to my doctor a.s.a.p. and thats what you should do, if your knee is still swollen after 5 weeks something is not right.
Stutyr, hi Just an update after my Op, thought I'd let you know how it went. I spent five hours waiting for the op in which time I was shown how to climb/descend stairs on crutches etc. Great pre-op drugs, not quite MDMA but very smoooth. Lights out for about 20mins then into recovery, wiggled my toes, bent my knee, walked to the loo, no pain at all. Then I was discharged ( left the crutches behind),I was supposed to take a taxi home but there was a traffic jam so I walked ( carefully) to the nearest tube station I live in London). Next day I took it easy but was able to drive my car with no problem. that evening I put some ice on the knee but really there was very little swelling, just abit of tightness around the tendons at the back of the knee. So all ok with me so far, I'll update you if I suddenly get any problems
I have surgery booked for this Friday to repair/trim a torn Meniscus. The initial injury occurred Nov 2011, I had a MRI scan in May 2012 and was told it would not heal and would need surgery. However I slowly started running again and by Nov 2012 had done 5 half Marathons without too much discomfort so I cancelled the Op scheduled early Dec. All went well until I did the Watford Half a couple of months ago and pushed it hard on the downhill sections, result was back to square one. So do I go ahead with the Op or play the waiting game and hope it slowly gets better naturally, I would prefer the latter I'm 64 and so can't wait around too long.
Ross hi, don't even think about running it, a marathon is a race of two halfs, the first 20 and the last 6. Even if you were not injured you would struggle to finish it in good time if you have only done one 20 mile run beforehand and that more than six weeks before the actual race. You simply cannot run a marathon when injured, you do not need an expert or a doctor to tell you that, if you run you won't finish and you will run the risk of doing some serious damage to your knee. Find out what the problem is and when you are fit again get into training, run at least two 20 mile runs in the month before the race and run at least one 4 hour run regardless of pace. Then get out there and you will be able to give it your best shot. All the best.