I’d like to thank all of you guys for your input on this subject. My surgery is scheduled for this Friday [the 13th!]. I’m going to go with the cadaver graft. They use a section of an Achilles tendon. The risks of viral infection from the graft is astronomically small, as is the rejection rate. Plus you don’t have to recover from the surgery of having your own flesh harvested. The end result [a year later] is the same in terms of the strength and quality of the implant And this guy does something that many surgeons don’t, he’s done it for two decades and it works; using the illio-tibial tract, that tight band of tissue on the very lateral [outside of your leg] that runs from your hip down and across the knee joint, he bundles a portion of that just above the knee and fastens it to the knee, making a “super” ligament out of it, that fortifies the knee while you’re healing. His technique of doing that has statistically shown a reduction of healing time by almost half. About ten days after the operation he gives [I buy] me a knee brace that I essentially wear for months, that will keep me from injuring the graft. It’s a high end brace, not a cti2, but a townsend, that he and this guy townsend developed years ago. You can check it out here; http://www.townsendd...m/premier.html.
And I’ll be going gung-ho on the physical therapy. He says I will probably be returning to active sports within three months, of course while wearing the brace. I could be riding again by September!