Hi Brew 22, your injury was very similar to my husband..... landing on a hard wooden floor! He's 7½ weeks post-op. Your first surgeon obviously didn't have any beside manner, glad you found another one. You're in control of your body and you acted on your instincts, good on you..!
One big difference I've noticed that here (Aust) they don't use the braces that lock at certain degrees. (well, atleast not in our area). My hubby used a full leg brace with velcro strapping for 6 weeks - no bending & minimal weightbearing. Once the 6 weeks were up (11th June) the Surgeon was happy and away my husband went to physio. Will go back to see the surgeon in 1 month.
I can't believe the difference in the last 2 weeks. He's gone from walking frame - crutches - walking stick - needing nothing around the house - full weightbearing. Today he got into the car and has driven himself for the first time in 10 weeks (accident was 20th April - Operation 2nd May).
He has started hydrotherapy ie walking in the pool, forwards, backward and sidewards - and is now getting back to his 3km per day swimming. He finds walking in the water is so beneficial because he's able to walk correctly without pressure and at the same time the water is gently massaging the whole leg. Then it's into the warm spa....mmmmmm.... very
I know some days he's very stiff in the morning and takes a bit to get moving, but that does vary. The biggest obstacle was getting the brain to start working again, telling all the leg muscle to fire up. Muscle waste starts very quickly, ie after about 3 days. So 6 weeks immobilised is huge. He still isn't walking correctly, ie leaning a bit, but I'm forever reminding him to "walk straight, don't compensate"., and fortunately he listens! . He's very intent on doing his exercises, and although obviously I want him to progress, I'm very mindful of doing anything that hasn't been programmed, I'm sure all will happen in time and without pushing toooooo much, but at the same time not to 'baby' the situation. I think he is doing just wonderful and the results are there.
The physio said he still has a long way to go, ie getting on to a bike and increasing the ROM. At the last session the physio massaged his knee which was really good and took away a lot of the tightening feeling. Of course it came back, but that was to be expected. He'll do more and more as time passes.
I would suggest you find a good PT just to be sure you are doing all the right things, it's too nasty an injury to muck it up now.