I know how you feel as I can relate. I am almost a year out and still have that band effect and days when it is raining and snowy it really is apparent. They had to cut the anterior tib and somehow tie it all together. Overall I am happy to get rid of the pain and be able to walk. So it was worth it. I continue to exercise and stretch and not overdo. The PA told me the knee won’t be like the other one so I accepted the fact that I can’t and won’t be able to do the stuff I used to do. My biggest prayer is to get rid of the band for I do get discouraged at times.