My surgery was one week ago and so far so good. Before surgery I could barely walk or stand more than a few minutes I was in terrible pain.
During surgery they brought in a third surgeon due to the condition of a "nerve bundle". This surgeon was an expert on this type of thing and helped to try and uncrush them (this is the best of my recollection of the converstation).
Post operative pain was bad, but honestly not as bad as I expected. Once I was fully awake (the second day) and they put both of my feet on the ground to walk I noticed immediately that the pain in my hip leg and foot were gone. I have a bit of numbness but they say that too shall pass after time.
My surgical incision is very painful. My husband has been wonderful in the hospital and now at home. If you do everything they say to do and NOT do the things they say not to it is manageable.
I know this may not last but for now this is the first time in almost 4 years I have not had stabbing pain in my back, hip and leg so I'll deal with the incision. I see my doctor tomorrow to remove the staples.
5 hours of surgery was well worth it for me.