wow, great pics and x-rays. I was given a set of pics, but no x-rays after the surgery.
I'm sitting at week 16 and a day (Feb.1 of this year) after ACl surgery on the right leg, getting around pretty good. Wear the brace all the time still, partly because I am busy all day, and would try to take short cuts now and then and not wear the brace and of course hurt myself. I do an hour and a half of re-hab twice a week and may try for three times. I'm O.K. to ride road bike but no clips and no hills (I need to talk to the surgeon about the hill part and hiking, get some better defined guide lines).
I've started excercising both legs as the PT people have reminded me that I need both legs in shape for next year. Most of what I am doing now is just good general excercise for the left leg. I like the side steps with the elastic band, do that about three cycles of 15 and you know you are making better muscles.Balance board is fun, also just to keep general balance in shape. Heel lifts on one leg, step-ups and the bike riding are all things you can actually do at home (I was just up living in a tent for two weeks in Pullman, Wa. and did most of the excercises at the campground) along with the still standard leg lifts and quad sets. The hamstring curl and leg press are done at the re-hab center, all though I am sure you could find someting to do at home that would accomplish close to same results. Road bike three or four times a week, 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.
Pain has basicaly gone. Now I am more likely to have some strange feeling, not so much hurt as annoying. Once or twice I have had aching problems a day after a walk or ride, but that was mainly when I was just starting riding and long walking (about three weeks ago). As everyone eles has mentioned the ice box cold pack is amazing. While I hope I never again need it having one on the shelf is nice back-up.
Had a few stitches but everything is healing very nice. Where the pin was placed, below the knee on the inside of the leg, the bump is slowly becomming less obvious as the bone is healing. Just a slight bump as the pin becomes less defined. The other scars from the cuts are almost gone, not noticeable at all.
Glad to hear that everyone has positive news on healing, slow but hopefully well worth the wait in the long run.