Our stories sound a lot alike. I am 57 and had very few symptoms until about a month before my surgery. To me the better shape that you are in the faster and easier the recovery. I had been doing lots of walking to get in shape for hunting Dall Sheep. I am 6 weeks post op and am back to walking 7-8 miles per day. I have also gone back to work with some help because of the lifting restriction. It is great to hear such good stories. Wishing you continued good health.