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Remember in addition to whatever actual surgical procedure was done, there is a loss of muscle mass from the restricted activity.
Clover had his CCL repaired last year and I was told roughly the same thing - activity after 6 weeks. What that really meant was almost nothing for 6 weeks, then very slow, very gradual, build up of activity.
At 11 weeks Clover had a setback from too much too soon (and I wasn't doing THAT much) with lots of water in his knee. He had to go back to tramadol and rest for 3-4 weeks, then start over trying to build up muscle again. I approached it more slowly after that and he's been fine since.
I used an ex-pen or in my lap as his only options... it's hard to keep them from playing with the other dogs, but it's definitely for their own good. Start very slow (5-10 minute) walks and build every week.