Update (Long Post)
So, the doctors asked me not to mention how early they removed my frames because other patients may read this and insist that their frames should removed early as well. However, I had already posted last month before they asked me not to, so I will not 'officially' say when my frames were removed but will only say that everyone is different. There are cases on this forum of people who have run into major problems because their frames were removed too early and/or they did not listen to their doctors. With all external devices (even HEF), you're signing up for the better part of a year, so do not assume you will get lucky. Your doctor takes no pleasure in having you in frames, he is in fact keeping you in them to make sure you are safe and reach full recovery.
LISTEN TO YOUR DOCTOR!!!
My frames were removed and I had to wear shin guards (like those used in soccer/football) for 3 weeks. I also had to start using crutches again. This period was probably the most difficult of the entire process. I had been walking unassisted for nearly 3 months, so it was difficult (mentally) to go back to crutches again. However, the time flew by and I met with my doctor this week who gave me the green light.
The doctor said my consolidation was unbelievable, in the top 5% of what he has seen. Much of this may have been genetic, but I will say that the doctor gave me two major instructions when I stopped lengthening.
1. Walk, walk, walk (I did, about 3-5 km everyday)
2. Eat yogurt/ calcium foods (Every day I drank 1 Liter of milk AND ate 500 grams of yogurt)
Again, I'm not sure if this made the difference or not, but I think it definitely helped.
To conclude this post, understand that with external devices you may be in frames for 1 year. Prior to surgery, the doctor told me that it would be anywhere from 9-10 months before my frames would be removed (this is the case with 90% of people).
I got lucky, it's as simple as that. Do not go into this hoping for the best, be mentally/financially prepared for a year.