I know you already had your surgery but thought I would throw another spin on this anyway. Also for those that haven't had surgery yet.
I tore my acl 13 months ago. I also sprained my mcl. The acl has continuity but is useless. I also had arthrofibrosis (scaring of the tissue) which prevented having reconstruction surgery in the middle of my reconstruction surgery. This forced me to work my leg everyday so I would be eligible for surgery again.
2 months ago the surgeon said "There is nothing surgery can do that will make it better than it is". This is after telling him that I went skiing 36 times to include joining the beer league and starting to race in NASTAR. I wore a brace each and every time. I ski better and harder than I ever have.
I'm 5'7 and 170# and my bindings are set at max (8). I'll be 50 in 7months. And I've even fallen hard enough twice to come out of them.
If I were to have a fall that would tear my acl, I would end up with meniscus damage instead of a torn acl. (according to the OS). I would venture that "I" am no more prone to an injury because I tore previously and I'm more aware of what causes it. I wear the brace whenever doing any type of agility stuff; skiing, log work in the woods etc. I completely changed my ski gear and style and this helps lessen the chance.
Do I do a lot of rehab? Yup. It's now part of my life. In fact I'm typing this while I'm on the stationary bike (your new best friend by the way).
Something else a different surgeon told me "There is nothing that surgery can't make worse."
Each person has to weigh the risks to see if it is worth it to them.
I would recommend NOT having surgery for something rehab can fix.
I would recommend NOT delaying surgery if it is the best way to fix something. Fastest isn't necessarily the best.
Yes I wish I had an ACL but at this point I have no intentions of having that surgery.
Best wishes on your recovery. Treat your knee like a child you are nurturing to grow and be better. Not an infant that can't do anything. It's not about sucking it up. It's about doing what is right for you and your knee.