I had my medial meniscus repaired on 28-May-2005.
Are you sure that you want to go with an article that was written ten years ago? Did you visit a sports orthopedist? I would consult the doctor on the recovery along with people on the Knee Guru website (check google). I asked the doctor about the knee after the recovery and he said it would be 100% I am not there yet, but I can squat, deadlift, olympic lift, etc. The things that I am afraid to do are impact related, running, jump rope, etc.
I have convinced myself that if I did not get the repair completed that I would still be in pain and potentially making it worse.
The mistake that I made post-OP was that I did the rehab on my own. the doctor gave me (3) options; (1) go to a physical therapist (2) do 30 minutes a day on a stationary bike (3) complete 30 minutes of swimming a dat. I choose the bikig at home. I did not wantt o be bothered with going to a PT.
In making this decision, I did not know what limitations that I had. Therefore I would push myself to the limit. I NEEDED to hear someone say, "wow good progress today" when doing quarter squats. You see I pushed myself to get to low bodyweight squats for 3 weeks post-OP. It still hurt at that point (at some times quite a bit). When I saw the doctor for my follow up he said, "don't go below parallel on your bodyweight squats and don't run." He then said to come back in (1) month and all restrictions will probably be lifted.
In (1) month my knee still hurt but the Doc lifted all of the restrictions and he wanted to see me again in (2) months. So at the (7) week period, I was able to do anything I wanted. But I knew my body and its limitations. I would work out (3) times a week and once on the weekend. I just would not stop. I mainly did bodyweight squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, etc. Also at this appointment he noticed that I was extremely flat footed. He suggest orthotics.
So I went to a foot doctor and got sized for some orthotics (yes my insurance does NOT cover them) then I got some cheap ones until the custom ones came in. Man the cheap ones (Dr. Scholls) really help!
Then about a month ago (the 4 month post-OP time frame), my knee was a little painful going into the weekend. My wife was also going away for the weekend and was I was feeling sick. So I literally sat on the couch for 48 hours, only getting up to use the bathroom and eat. By the time Monday came around, I felt 100%. Since then I have had very little pain and have started O-lifts again (which cause some pain afterwards, but NOT during).
So, the point of my post? Take your time to heal (don't be afraid to sit on the couch for some time); go to a physical therapist (so that you know your restrictions); be patient.
Hopefully I gave you some good information.