Well I got many answers from you all and I thank everyone who answered or posted because of all the support and information it provided. My surgery is scheduled for July 27, at 11:00am.
I suppose I am ready as I'll ever be (although still nervous). I hope the recovery period will go smoothly and the pain will be ok.
I am told I should not need a brace, I just pray these things fuse correctly. Any post op tips or tricks will be appreciated.
Thanks to ALL
Al from Cincinnati