I think the doctors tend to understate what you should expect. They don't want to scare you off! The picture painted on this board is pretty accurate. Everyone's different, of course, but I think the folks here have given a good description of a typical recovery, the questions we have before and after, the various problems that can come up, etc. For me, reading the post surgery tips on the sticky and the personal tips people gave me before my surgery made it about as easy as I could hope for. I was very well prepared at home, expecting to not be able to do much, if anything, for quite some time. I was mentally prepared by seeing what others had gone through with the same procedure and how it had been for them. I can't say enough times how glad I am that I found this board before my surgery! It was a God-send! I would never have been as prepared in any way if I hadn't had the input of the board. Thanks to the board, my experience has been pretty much what I expected.
Hope this helps. Yes, you're heading into something huge! But if it relieves your pain and gives you back at least some of what you've lost, it will be SO WORTH IT! Recovery is long, but you'll learn to modify what you do and still have lots of things you can enjoy, even with your limitations. You'll get through this! And we'll be here to help you as best we can!
Hope you can relax over the weekend.