Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you.. I have no time on the weekends to 'chat'. I am in US, Massachusetts, actually.
I originally fell down the stairs a year ago and tore the lateral meniscus in 2 places. My quads never recovered from the arthroscopy and that's what was holding my patella in place. Dr. told me that my patella tendon attaches to the tibia off-center (the way I was born) and if you take away the quads, there's virtually nothing holding the patella in place. In the 6 months from the original injury, I had really done some serious damage to the articular cartilege. It got to the point where I limped 24/7 and had, several times, caught myself before falling down the stairs. Pain was a normal state of being for me and I couldn't sit for any length of time with my leg straight because of the amount of pain when trying to rise.
I did not have a novacaine pump, but I know of others who have and they say it does help. I was really surprised that I didn't have the severe and unrelenting pain others have described. Don't misunderstand, the first 2 weeks, my Percocet was my best friend, but I don't remember it as being horrific. Sleeping was probably the most difficult because of the brace and being a side sleeper, but I finally found with lots of pillows braced around my leg and back, I was able to catch a few zzzzs.
As regards PT, I spent from November (just after the meniscus scope) until March (6 weeks after 2nd scope) in PT. We suspended the treatment 'cause it just wasn't helping. I did, however, continue to do all the exercises at home in an effort to at least maintain what quad strength I had; that way, when the TTT was completed, it wouldn't be quite so difficult to get it back. OS told me to work to the point of pain, but not through it.
If you have a handicapped tag, guard it with your life! I wish I'd though of having one after the surgery. I was in a straight leg brace and one crutch for 8 weeks and while I had someone to chauffer me around, parking a hundred feet from a store and having to walk, seemed like a hundred miles.
Yes, recovery is long and tedious. Most movement causes you to have to think about a) whether its worth the effort and b) how you used to do it. But it is definitely worth it. I haven't walked without pain or limp for over a year, but I'm on the road now! Matter of fact, I see OS tomorrow (almost 16 weeks) and I really believe my time with my physical therapist is limited, maybe 3 or 4 more weeks, then I'm gonna be free!! I had to stop my 'walking 3 mi. a day a long time ago, but if OS gives the OK, I'm going to resume this coming weekend.
Again, I cannot stress patience and perseverence enough. It is a long recovery, but try to keep in mind that you'll be able to walk pain free and get on with your life. Try to have enough 'hands-on' projects as you can; knitting, crocheting, reading, even crossword puzzles..they can be lifesavers.
Best wishes on your upcoming surgery!