OK, I'm now 5 weeks post-op. I had a therapy session this morning and my first post-op follow-up visit with my doctor since I went in and got my Baker's Cyst drained (which happened only once).
There are two pieces of fantastic news to report. First, I am done with formal physical therapy sessions, so I'm on my own from now on to continue exercising, etc. The second piece of good news is that I no longer have to wear a knee brace for day-to-day activities.
My doctor was pleased and surprised at how well recovery is going. He says that I'm a number of months ahead of schedule for range of motion and leg strength...maybe those years of running really are paying off!
There is a down side to this though...my doctor said that the risk of a rapid recovery like this is that there is sometimes a tendency for someone to push their recovering knee too hard too early. I assured him that I was more than willing to take it easy, i.e., be lazy. Oh, I don't mean lazy, I mean not doing things I shouldn't do before I get the go ahead to do them.
If you are recovering from this kind of surgery, remember that recovery includes three things: 1) recovery of range of motion; 2) recovery of leg strength and balance; and 3) biological healing and vascularization of the grafted new ACL. It will take at least 3 months post-op before I will be given the go-ahead to start jogging, etc. So in the meantime I'll take it easy and give my reconstructed ACL graft a chance to fully attach.
No more brace, no more physical therapy sessions...just exercise on my own. Woot, woot, woot!