Partially tore my ACL & MCL playing some football when I was 18. Took out the loose cartilage during the arthroscopy. Conferred with the doc and decided to strengthen it and rely on that to take care of it. Wore a good brace for about a year. Do anything on it including skiing and snow skiing. Still hurts some, especially when a cold precipitation is coming. I'm told the surgeries now are much better and rehab times are reduced. Still, get back into it slowly.
I spent most of my money on booze, broads and boats. The rest I wasted. - Elmore Leonard