Hi & Welcome to the forum,
I had my RTKR done in Dec 2009.
I had been told about 5 years before I would need one & my Dr was not going to force me into it because I would know when the time was right for me. He was right. When my brains & emotions are in the same place that was the right time to do it. For me, it wasn't the pain so much as--like others---not being able to do much activity because I couldn't walk very well. I had to stand 1st before walking to make sure I could balance. Then I would walk. During that time I did my research on it. What to do, what helped others. Such like that. It all helped. This forum was one that I went to on a daily bases. The people here, at the time, were very helpful.
I had a spinal & a nerve block. I was in the hospital about 4 days. I was able to get by on Extra Strength Tylenol at home. I kept careful notes on when & how much I took. I was mainly alone in my recover. Even though I was living with my mom, being in her late 70's, she was not going to be much help. Which is why I kept notes. I had in home care, RN & PT for the 1st four weeks. Then it was Out pt time. I went from walker to cane to on my own fairly fast & I was driving around 7 to 8 wks after the surgery.
Hope this helps. Have questions please feel free to ask me.