I am now 9 days post-op. I caught a cold soon after, so it was hard to gauge my recovery because I just felt crappy all over.
Now as the cold is lifting, my back is really feeling great. I am still very careful, but I am able to do simple things once again - Turn over in bed with ease, put on my shoes and socks, bend over to pick things up off the floor.
The only effects I "think" I have are tingling and numbness in my left leg/foot, and the incision area is sore, so sitting is still problematic.
Truthfully, I have been amazed how how well my recovery has gone. Perhaps I was one of the lucky ones, or my pain was so great for so long, any relief is good relief.
Anyway - I am getting the itch to go back to work. Most of my work is tied to the desk or walking the plant. Am I crazy?