Please don't use my experience as the only way to go - I'm sharing my experience for reference. You can ask 100 people how their recovery after surgery went and you will get 100 different answers. I've actually had a lot of people share their story with me and some went back to the gym at 2 weeks and some are barely getting there at 3 months post op. I just know I've googled and read tons before I even had surgery to see what people had to say, there's not a ton out there so I want to put my story on the intewebs.
Ok - to start with I had a Lower Body Lift 5 weeks ago, actually 5 weeks and 3 days to be exact. I had my knee scoped and two torn meniscus cut out 2 weeks ago.
I was told at 4 weeks I could run after my body lift - but with the knee surgery I had to wait 4 weeks. As far as lifting weights goes - use less than 10 pounds to start with, so that's what I did. For about a day.
I was a good girl and went to the Y, first for some cardio on the stair master. I need to be bending my knee so the scar tissue doesn't build up. Then I went over to the weight section, picked up some 8's and did about 20 minutes of arms. I decided that's just not the right route for me, shoot I've been picking up Aiden for weeks and he's 33 pounds. I also lug heavy boxes up the stairs for work, at least 20 pounds. My skin isn't tight, my wound is healing well, and I had a good level of fitness before surgery. So I decided to go back to Crossfit.
I went in for open gym to test a few moves out, see how I felt, see if I had any knee pain or swelling. To be honest, I'm more worried about my knee than I am anything else on my body. I did some pull-ups, push ups, deadlifts, and overhead presses. Felt good, nothing hurt, I went relatively light and later went home and iced my knee just in case. No running and no weighted squats. The knee is great, better than ever actually and I had absolutely no swelling!
I did my first full workout on Labor Day, it was a hard workout - they usually are on Holidays. It was wall balls (150), handstand pushups (90), and cleans (pick the bar up off the floor to your shoulders and back down). I completed the workout with lighter than normal weights, felt great. I was actually really impressed with myself and my ability to do all those HSPU's, but by 3pm I could barely pick up my arms. Every single muscle in my body is pissed that they've been ignored for over a month. Soreness is to be expected, but it's been a very long time since I've had to hold on to the door to sit down and pee. Of course I did what I had to do - worked out again today. I feel better, less stiff, but I won't be upset when this soreness quits.
I've always recovered well from surgeries, even my c-section after Aiden! I think being in shape helps, but I also feel like getting up and around when you are able is important. Again - you do what you're comfortable doing, this is just about ME ME ME :)
p.s. Yes, I will be taking my shirt off for 95% of my workouts now. No shame in my game. I only wore a shirt today to mop up my sweat, I forgot how hot Crossfit is!
p.p.s. I am not soliciting advice and yes, I've heard the horror stories about people ripping themselves back open, etc.