I'm gonna guess the recovery rate will depend on the dog and maybe which type of surgery was used. We decided to go with the TPLO and Ranger started using his leg right away. He limped of course, but gradually the limp has disappeared. We did surgery mid December and we are still keeping him leash restricted, though he seems healthy enough to run now. The odds of blowing out the other side are high unless you ease them back to full use of both legs. As long as the surgery went well, I'd take your time. Are you doing physical therapy with him?