It has been exactly two months since I blew my knee out and exactly one month since I had surgery to fix it. Surgery was easy – I was asleep for the whole thing. Recovery is the hard part. The first week after surgery was awful, way worse than I thought it would be. The second week was probably just as bad, but I was accustomed to the pain so it was just normal. By the third week I was back working full time and off crutches, and now, well into the fourth week I’m hobbling around pretty good. My physical therapist says I should be walking without a limp in another month’s time.
Here’s a video I found that accurately shows how they replace an ACL using a patellar tendon graft. It’s pretty amazing what modern medicine can do.
Dr. Tom Halvorson is the orthopedic surgeon that fixed me up. He specializes in sports medicine and tells me that I will be skiing by November if we have snow. I highly recommend him.