I think one thing we tend to forget is that scar tissue can be a mischevious thing as it's forming, and although it may not be painful, it can make the difference between success and failure with nerve pain and surgical procedures. You went to work soon after your fusion probably because it wasn't painful, but that doesn't mean it didn't affect the healing process. So please, with the implant, let it heal right. I don't know anything more about
the implants other than what I've read on this board, but I read things like "leads migrating" and such and think recovering at the beach with your wife sounds like the plan!
This isn't the trial. It's the real thing as coke used to say, so treat it with tenderness.
And then we can party.
BTW I will be pretty out of it for my procedures (thankfully) so I'll bring the party favors and noisemakers, but you'll have to take care getting the food ready! LOL