As with any surgery you will experience some pain and discomfort. This is due to the incision and muscles being moved while surgery is being performed. If you had pain and numbness prior to your surgery, you may have these afterwards as well; especially if you had any delicate surgery around the nerve itself. This will gradually improve as you heal.
You will notice and increase in mobility as your pain and swelling subsides. You will still need to wear your 2 braces (1) Elastic abdominal binder/lumbar support and the (2) (TLSO). You will still need to wear the elastic brace when in bed or when sitting in a chair. If at any time you need to walk, or ride in a car, you will need to wear your TLSO brace.
Approximately 8 weeks after surgery you will begin physical therapy to help with conditioning and strengthening of your back muscles. This will help them heal and hopefully aide in alleviating damage to other areas of your spine.