Many of us here have had surgery to repair our PTT's. It is certainly no walk in the park! There is a long thread (it's closed) called "Posterior Tibial Tendon Surgery" and is probably several pages down now... but it has a [B]LOT[/B] of information on the surgery and recovery. I started the thread when I was facing surery myself.
I'm now 5 1/2 months out and I feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel! There are little set-backs along the way and it is a huge test of sanity and patience... but for me it will be worth it in the long run.
My advice to you right now would be to keep up with your ice & elevation as much as you can, and if you need to take pain meds still, then by all means take them. Personally, I took pain meds longer than most people on these boards... but remember that each person is unique. Only you will be able to determine what works and doesn't work for you.
If you're still at the non-weightbearing stage, you really need to adhere to that... I know it's hard, but any weight at all on your foot is not good.
Your doctor is correct in saying it may be a year before you see the full effect of the surgery. It's an incredibly long recovery time - and not for wimps! My own doctor reminded me of this at my 5-month check up when I had a melt-down in his office. LOL, as I said, it is a test of sanity and patience!
Anyway, good luck to you and feel free to post any questions you might have along the way.