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That was me, a few years ago. I hurt my knee badly playing indoor soccer, but never had it corrected or examined beyond a cursory check. I can walk on it, but twisting or cutting sideways is not an option. I'm almost certain there's permanent ligament damage in there for that reason.
I'm getting to the point where I need to get this fixed permanently, because it's affecting my health. I'm not as active as I want to be, and I'm gaining weight because of it. I also have a young daughter and I want to be able to run and play sports with her in a few years. However, I feel like I have to wait a year, maybe two to have any surgery done, because the recovery time will be particularly hard on my wife and daughter with me not being as mobile for several months.
Here are my questions:
Have I caused any non-reparable damage by waiting this long?
Is there any point in having it checked out now versus waiting until I'm ready to have surgery?
What might change between now and then that could affect my decision?
What's the recovery/rehab time typically like for reconstructive knee surgery of that type (repairing ligaments, removing scar tissue, etc.)?