I had my 1-year appointment with my O.S. today. He agreed that I am 95% recovered, and he discharged me with a parting warning: This recovery has an 18-month window of opportunity to get everything back. Expect progress to slow significantly after one year, and to halt after about 18 months. I should do everything in my ability to recover the last 5% in the next six months, because the window of opportunity will close.
I think 6 months is more than enough time for me, and I will try to recover the last 5% sooner. I also personally believe that the body's natural response to exercise at any stage is to get stronger. Yet his parting comments confirmed what I have believed all along, that there is no time to dawdle when it comes to this recovery. If you want to win this war, you have to launch an all-out offensive the instant the leg shackles come off, and maintain the all-out offensive until your recovery reaches the 100% century mark.
That is awesome work Runnermx! I just read all your post. Your recovery gives us all something to shoot for.
I'm on my 12th week and hit 135 degrees today and am slowly starting to add some strength. Up to 15 lbs on the leg lift machine with the inured leg and did 3 sets of 20 reps. I could barely do 5 lbs last week. Road a regular bike for the first time this weekend.
My PT is trying to work me up to doing a single leg squat on the bosu while holding on to a railing.
My main goal is to start surfing 6 months after surgery.
Good luck this week everybody.