my boyfriend had ACL surgery in May. In addition to the torn ACL, the torn ligament had fused to the bone because of the length of time he sat around doing nothing about it. This complicated the surgery slightly. My advice is not to spend a bunch of time ruminating!
he had the choice of splicing a piece from one of the other ligaments from his knee, or getting a donor ligament, with a slight chance of rejection. He chose the self-splice. Had the surgery at a big university hospital (Univ of Michigan).
Either way, he had a very good recovery. The hospital had him in a Phys therapy program – 3 weeks before to strengthen the leg, a session right after the surgery (same day) and several times a week thereafter for several months. He now uses his “light” brace only occaisionally and hikes, rock climbs etc without feeling impaired. His doctor said he had an excellent recovery. he was EXTREMELY dedicated to the physical therapy program, which I’m sure helps.
Immediately after the surgery there was quite a bit of pain & swelling and he got stir crazy cause he was pretty immobile for about a week. After that, the large brace was an annoyance but he was able to go back to work.
that’s my tale.