I'm not sure whether this should go in the injuries area or here, but since I am through the surgery and officially back in the gym I put it here. Sorry if I'm wrong...
Anyways, long story short...I had knee surgery for a torn meniscus and dislocated patella in October. I have been cleared by my Dr to start leg training again. Yesterday was my first day back doing lower body and I tried some squats. It was definitely not an ego boost when I ended up not getting but the bar (10 reps), 75lbs (6 reps), and 95lbs (3 reps) ATG completed without having to stop. You get a few looks around the gym when you add weight to the bar to do curls after squatting. I didn't have any knee pain and haven't since doing the squats, but I just physically couldn't squat and stand up with any more weight.
So here's my questions. Should I even be squatting being just cleared about a week ago to lift again? Are there other exercises some of you guys with or without knee surgery would suggest? Also my Dr suggested I used a brace or knee wraps while still "recovering" (he said possibly up to 9 months) from my surgery. Do you guys think this is necessary? I'm not squatting hundreds of pounds like guys that wrap their knees.
Preciate the help.