Had ACL surgery not quite 2 years ago. Dr. Cain from the crew under Dr. Andrews(you know the guy who does every major athletes surgey in Birmingham, AL) operated on me. They used my Patella. I was back within 8 months 100% stealing bases like always. Dr. Andrews always uses the Patella. He's world renowned. I'm sure you will be fine either way. Mine feels so good that I plan on tearing my other ACL. haha jkjk I also had very knowledgable athletic trainers working with me 7 days a week. At some point in your rehab, you will question whether your knee is actually healing correctly; it is, just keep pushing. It's going to crack, slip and hurt like shat somedays, but once you get back 100%, you'll forget it ever happened.
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Following up: It is 11 days post surgery. As of 2 days ago, I had 78 degrees bendibility in my knee, and I think I've gotten up to 90 in the past 2 days. My PT says I should be a poster child for doing PT, which is nice to hear, especially when he gives me even more exercises to do. I may be able to drive as of today, and I will be down to 1 crutch tomorrow. Up-downs (using 1 crutch for support/balance, get up from seated position, stand, hold for 3 seconds, sit down) suck and are painful, but I'm committed to getting back to squats, so I'm powering through. PT 3 times each day at home, plus seeing the PT 2 times a week. My surgeon is very pleased with how well I'm doing, and he's sure I'll be walking by the time I see him in 2.5 weeks. The swelling is pretty bad in my leg, but my doc says that's normal. I don't know if eating/not eating certain foods might help with that; I'll post about that in the nutrition section. Thanks again to everyone who posted here - your comments were all very helpful.