What would you recommend I do to stay in shape in the meantime?
CanadaGirl - Hey, sorry to hear about your knee :(
The recovery time depends on the size and location of the tear and if any other structures are injured also (ACL, etc.) I tore mine 2 years ago and since it was the middle 1/3 I had to have a portioned removed. I was back on the mats 8 weeks after the scope surgery.
If the tear is small or on the outer section (which has better blood supply) it may not need a scope to fix it and then the recovery may be shorter.......in summary, wait for the results of the MRI to know the amount of time off.
I'd recommend swimming or anything low impact you're comfortable with till you get your MRI results. good luck!
TheRealJoker - The MRI results are in and it looks like I have a partially torn MCL. No surgery thankfully, but the doc says no training for 4 more weeks and do low impact stuff like riding a bike to get my cardio in.
I'm having surgery on the 26th of this month. Lateral Meniscus. they will do a scope surgery removing some of my meniscus since it is non repairable.
How long were some of you out of work?
I work at a job where climbing ladders and stairs is an all the time thing.