Because my defect was so large they could not do my chondrofix procedure arthroscopically, so they had to open me up with a incision 4 or 5 inches long. I had a nerve block, so not much pain after surgery and I also had some help with the pain at home.....(percocet and dilaudid). I was off both percocet and dilaudid after 2 weeks and able to manage the pain with over the counter meds just fine. The real problem has been dealing with the swelling, but that has been getting better each week as well. I'm sure if you have a smaller defect that can be done arthroscopically you will have less pain and recover much faster. Have you scheduled your chondrofix surgery?