During the first few weeks after your surgery, it is recommended that you have someone around to help you with everyday tasks such as cooking, laundry, cleaning, driving and to help you move to the bathroom. After the first week, you will be able to get up and move more frequently. You will be sore and may have swelling, bruising, tingling, or numbness near the surgical sites. You will have restrictions on the amount of weight you can lift and activities will still be restricted. In the second to fourth weeks, you will continue healing. At this point in the recovery, patients tend to feel more at ease moving around and the soreness, swelling, and bruising will subside. Follow-up visits with the surgeon are generally scheduled at the first week to check on your progress. Most patients are back to normal activities, with no physical restrictions after 6 – 8 weeks of recovery time and return to feeling “normal” within 3 to 6 months. Keep in mind that these are general recovery times and each person’s recovery will be unique to them and the procedures that they have chosen.