I saw the NS yesterday, 4 1/2 weeks post-op for discectomy at L5-S1. He looked at my incision area, we talked pain levels, and he watched me walk to see how I was doing. Asked me if I thought I needed PT, and said he didn't think I did based on how I was getting around. He "declared me cured", and told me I could start back into my normal activities. Just do what I feel like I can, and slowly work back into things. He said I can start doing simple exercises (from my PT last spring) anytime I feel ready.
I still have nerve pain, so I intend to take it easy for a few more weeks, but it was nice to hear him say that he thinks everything is going just fine. As far as he is concerned, unless something goes terribly wrong, or I screw it up somehow,... I'm done with him. (my words not his)