I'm 34 y/o and after 9+ years of symptoms, things finally progressed to where I have to break down and get surgery. I am in grad school and trying to fit this in over my semester break. I am having a L4-S1 TLIF (min invasive) on 12/27 and school starts back 1/7. It's a 40ish minute commute to the university. Lectures are broken up into 45-50 min segments, and I can get up and stretch at any point if I feel the need. I work in the medical field and feel I have chosen a good surgeon with a great record.
So barring unusual complications, am I expecting too much? My surgeon knows my plans and only gave brief pause at having to "jump" back into things so soon. He said he would prefer a full 2 weeks, but said it would depend on how I feel obviously. Not talking about going back to work anytime soon, just listening to lectures and reading in the afternoons. There is no putting school hold, and I have to be able to get back to studying once the semester starts up again. Just looking for a little realism with a splash of hope I guess. Thanks in advance.