Long time lurker here; lots of fantastic stuff and I like that most threads appear to remain on track.
I am hoping that anyone who has been through this before, knows someone who has been through this, or otherwise has relevant knowledge can possibly shed some light on my situation.
I tore my ACL almost exactly 5 years ago. I will be having surgery at the end of February. I have not decided on a graft yet, but will likely go with the hamstring graft at the suggestion of my surgeon. My meniscus appears to be torn in the MRI image (taken roughly 4 years ago), but manual tests recently (not sure of the name) indicated that my meniscus may have healed. So, as of now, I am not expecting any meniscus repairs or removal.
My initial tear was misdiagnosed as a strain and it was recommended to me to do physio and rehab my injury through conservative treatment; this is why it has taken until now for me to get surgery. I did a bit of physio and then a decent amount of strength training over the years between the tear and now. I have a bit of instability in the knee while playing sports, but lifting is fine. I want to get the knee fixed because I'm only 26 and would like to get back into playing recreational sports.
Currently, I'm maxing out around 315 squat, 435 DL. Not sure of the measurements, but my legs are muscular and strong.
MY ISSUE IS: a lot of what I read online about ACL recovery is for people who are going through the initial trauma of learning to live without an ACL again - people who tear their ACL and undergo surgery relatively quickly after it. For me, though, this is something I've already gone through. I believe my proprioception is as good as it can get without an ACL. I'm wondering if I'll be able to recover ahead of normal timetables due to my strength and "prehab", and also curious if anyone has been through a similar situation, where they didn't undergo surgery for quite a while after their tear?
And of course, how long before I can lift again? What will be the limiting factor?
Any input is appreciated. Thank you!