depends on the surgeon. my first knee surgery was a disaster. hooked on pain meds, on crutches for weeks ect, cause of an idiot doc.
second surgery, different doc, was only in the hospital for 5 hours or so, used a crutch for one day, took one perscription pain pill after leaving the hospital and was all i needed and was walking normal after 3 days with no pain, just a slight discomfort. this same doc is the one slicing and dicing tomorrow, i figure ill be working on Monday with less pain than i have today.
if it were me, i would track down a good doc and get my heel taken care off. ive had knee problems for years and if i could find a sure fire way to fix them ill take short term discomfort to fix them any time, . as soon as my insurance rider wears off in April im going under the knife again(tomorrows falls under workmans comp)