JimS and gonzo have it right. Today is the one year anniversary of my surgery. In December of '03, second day of the season, a skier (not a boarder) ran into me at low speed at the first ETU, knocked me over straight backwards. The classic "phantom foot" injury gave me the unhappy triad -- acl, mcl, and torn meniscus. That Monday I went to see an old friend who's an orthopod who confirmed that I had more than a bad sprain. But he asked "at your age (61) do you really need an acl"? He was a lifelong jock, and told me that he learned only a couple of years earler, when he had his knees replaced (no, he didn't operate on himself) that one of them was lacking an acl! He figures that he tore it 40 years earlier playing high school football.
But two things made up my mind to have the acl replaced. One, I had just retired and wanted to ski a lot more, but more important, I was afraid for my meniscus. Even a month later, after the pain and swelling from the injury was gone and I was walking pretty normally, not one day went by without an episode of "stepping wrong" with a little twist or rotation, and a flash of pain. I knew that every time I did this, I was doing more damage to the cartilege, and, after a while, I'd be down to bone-on-bone. I think this is a product of individual anatomy. Some folks can go for years after losing an acl and not notice it much, some can't. And my knees were pretty stable from a couple thousand miles of cycling annually.
Anyhow, one year ago I had a nice, big Achiiles tendon from a cadaver put in, along with a couple of stitches in my meniscus. I did my PT religiously and was back on the bike in June, did a century in August, and was back at the ETU this December. Knee feels great.
I am wondering how you are doing now almost 11 years from your ACL and meniscus surgery. I am surprised that you mentioned that your meniscus was stitched. I had a very peripheral medial meniscus tear at 43 years old and here is my surgery report after ACL reco :"Probing revealed an inferior surface partial thickness vertical longitudinal tear on the inferior surface of the posterior horn of the medial meniscus. The tear was very peripheral and was approximately 12 mm in length. As it was stable, it was felt that there was little to be gained by trying to suture it, given the patient’s age. " ... basically too old to suture it/