I tore my ACL last October and, due to the false diagnosis by the first doctor I visited, I had to wait several months for my operation (muscle-building pt included), so that there wasn't any swelling when I went in to OP.
Now I am 9 months after OP and the knee feels good, I have been running a lot, although I realise I should be doing more pt exercises. I am just wondering which type of graft you chose SubySki, because kneeling is pretty painful for me as well, although possible now. Would be great to see a reply :)
I wasn't actually offered a graft choice (I probably could have asked, had I researched more) - the doctor seemed to be convinced that the patella tendon graft was best, and he had done over 8000 successful grafts at the time so I respect his decision. Apparently the main disadvantage of this graft is anterior knee pain and risk of fracturing the patella, but I'm not too worried about that right now!
Can't wait to ski, will also be taking it very easy this winter. Do your rehab, listen to your doctor's advice! :)