I don't know if you had an open or lap surgery but mine was open and I think I took pain meds for about 3 mos; not around the clock but a couple a day. I went back to wrk after six weeks full-time. I think it depends on each person and their healing, I know my surgeons office said they would only give me so many pills the last time I called for them so they are quite strick about it. If you can, try to take tylenol or something like that in between to see if that will help then you can switch over.
I wish you the best and continued healing,