After I posted my last response, I was reading more on the forum and saw other people who have had casts as well (easy to find if you use Control F and type “cast”). Note that no surgery means no hardware to worry about. Regarding the ACL surgery, I understand, is done after the bone has healed. Again, if you look around the forum, you will find more info. When I was diagnosed a month ago, people encouraged me saying things would get better. Things have gotten better bit by bit, so, I offer you the same encouragement.