Most people who have this procedure don’t have a lot of incision pain after the surgery because the incision turns out to be relatively small. There’s some discomfort, but people are on pain medicine for a few days to a few weeks typically. Sometime patients are asked to use crutches for up to 6 weeks. That’s not uncommon. Some doctors are forgoing the crutches, so I would check with your doctor about that. After about 3 months from surgery your fusion is coming along well, it’s starting to mature. People can become much more active after 3 to 4 months from surgery. People typically get back to golf and tennis, they can get back to hiking, biking, swimming, performing pretty much any activity that they feel good enough to do even the more aggressive ones after 6 months.