Wow, I was told i needed this surgery as well. It freaked me out about the 10-12 months of down time so i nixed it. The doctor put me on a BellaCure knee brace and it definitly helps me a ton, I can turn the dial up as i need more relief. It basically has a BOA system in it. I just couldn't stomach 10-12 months with no snowboarding, wakeboarding or softball. Did he say what caused it in your particular case?
also i would check out www.bellacure.com, it really has made my pain almost managable, at least until i sack up and have the surgury.
(Message edited by flattirenotube on October 29, 2008)