Re: Just had first surgery...lots of questions!!
Hi, whpstick.... : ) I don't know about the excess muscle on the tendon, but I can give you my experience with your other questions.
1 - I had surgery (bunionectomy) 21 days ago and parts of my toes and foot are still numb. I'm slowly starting to get the feeling back, but it does take time for the nerves to regenerate, or whatever they do. Don't worry too much about it - it's normal.
2 - Percocet works better than vicodin for me, too. Take the max you can until you get caught up to the pain. It shouldn't take too long. Like cj1986 said, take it every 4 hours, and take 2 pills rather than 1, if you're allowed. But make sure you eat something, because you may get an upset stomach.
Good luck with your recovery, and if you have any concerns, call your doctor. That's what they're there for!