I do check in now and then and am happy to provide you with my experience. I have included the link to my post op diary this goes into pretty good detail as to my progress. You mention that you had the healing response surgery and then a follow up MRI after the surgery. How long after surgery was the MRI?
After reading your post, I would say that I was probably at the same point you are 8 months after my surgery. I had weeks where my knee felt like it was doing great and weeks when I wasnít sure that the surgery had any effect at all. I would say that even though I was not progressing at the level that I thought I should, I kept plugging away and worked on strengthening my muscles. If you read my thread, you will see that I probably tried to run and jump train too soon in my re-hab and would probably have been better off taking more time.
Fast forward to today, 1 year and 9 months after my healing response surgery:
I ran a 12k on May first and trained about two times a week for about two months prior to the run. If I did not stretch out prior to running I would feel pain while running. I would use a neoprene brace that would help quite a bit. I have also been playing basketball weekly since September of 2011 and will say that each week I played, I felt the knee get stronger (even though there were a few bad weeks). By the last month of basketball season, I had moved from my heavy duty brace to a lighter brace and my knee did hold up.
I will say that I am not jumping off my right leg with full force yet but can pivot just fine. I run sprints once in awhile but again if I skip the warm up, there is pain.
The quad muscles in my repaired leg are still smaller than the other leg. So again, I think what you are experiencing is pretty normal.
I had a follow up MRI about 8 months ago that indicated the ACL was intact.
I think the most important part of your post is that you say your knee feels stabile. If youíre ACL was compromised, it probably would not feel stabile. If your OS says there is a small tear in your ACL, I would agree with him and say that you can function at a high level as long as most of the tendon is intact.
There have been some interesting developments/news regarding the HR procedure that came out after my surgery that I mention in my post op thread.
I would say that considering my knee is stabile, that my HR surgery was a success. I know a lot of people that have had replacement ACL tendons that even two years later still feel pain and those that have no pain at all. I think each individual is different and that each outcome will deviate from the other.
Sorry for the long post but I hope this helps you with any questions from a fellow HR patient. Let me know if you have any other questions. http://www.kneeguru.co.uk/KNEEtalk/index.php?topic=53296.0