VANULARive done 3 acl's and 3 meniscus scopes and knee's feel same as when they did when i was 17, just got to brace up, skateboard and stretch.
Unfortunately I shattered my patella at 19 on the tramps at Windell's, and like literally shattered. I'll try to find the x-rays, I'm talking around 10-12 chunks but the doc said it was more powder than bone at that point. 5 pins, 9" of stainless steel wire, and 8 weeks later, it was time to for surgery 2 to take everything back out. There was so much scar tissue that the leg wouldn't bend past 90 degrees, so surgery number three was a mobilization of the knee to 140 degrees while under anesthesia. That one hurt. After over half a year of rehab I was back to skiing, mostly coaching instead of competing, but it was still probably too soon. Add another 3 years of abuse from skiing and fighting fires, and now theres hardly any cartilage left in my knee. My last surgery was the 21st of last month to do some general clean up and harvest cartilage to grow and put back in when surgery 5 comes around in another year or so.
Fortunately though I have a killer surgeon and awesome physical therapists who have been working with me to help prolong the knee replacement and get my strength and balance back.
The best part is that this most recent recovery has been going so well that I made it up for opening day today, caught first chair of skiers (3rd overall) skied pretty relaxed for most of the day but could still mess around in the early season park, and theres no sign of swelling at all!
Needless to say, I'm pretty fucking stoked right about now.