lifer, you listen to sunny, rehab is critical!
I'm a OR nurse, so I really only see the surgical side.
A couple of suggestions, talk to the anes. guys, and see what they can do for you. Like your pilot and hairdresser, keep your anesthesiology guys happy with you!!! Some of our guys to an epidural for a couple of days post op, to help with pain. We have recently also been doing like a femoral nerve block and epidural combined. We put an epidural cath in the femoral nerve sheath, then hook up to a Stryker pain pump, with a continuous drip of local.
Does not take it all out, but seems to help.
Our ortho guys also put our pt's on a CPM right in recovery. Start that PT as soon as possible.
After I had knee scopes done, I lost a bit of extension. I sat around with my foot on a foot stool, but way out, and hung my exercise ankle weights on it of different weights. Helped me.
Those that I talked to, say that it's a tough road, but most were glad they did it.
Good luck,,,,keep in touch let us know how you are doin'
Remember it's your knee, not your typing fingers that will be laid up!!! :chuckle Mike