Between 6-12 weeks, depending on procedure and technique your dr uses. You're usually able to get around pretty well at 3 weeks but the true heal curve takes much longer. This is major surgery.
You will be given strong narcotics both at the hospital and to take home with you for the first week. The 2nd week you may be bumped down to over the counter meds, use ice packs on and off through the first week to help control both pain and swelling. (Preemie baby diapers with one end ripped open, filled with ice, and resealed make great icepacs!)
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