68gto: I had to be completely NWB for 16 weeks. It worked out being even longer due to a necessary second operation (12 days after the first repair), plus the extra time that it took for me to get an appointment with the OS for approval to attempt that first step (i.e. bear weight again). When I tried applying weight to the injured leg for the first time in 20 weeks, it felt like I had no strength left, and it hurt like hell. Despite my best efforts during PT, there is no substitute for normal daily weight-bearing activity. Quads are always the first to go. It felt like I had the equivalent strength of a newborn baby who had never taken a step before. Long, tough road , but you'll come out of it ok my friend. Make it easier by being diligent with PT. Keep us all posted.