For me I was back to work 3 weeks following surgery but most are out 6 weeks. I also returned to hiking within about 4 weeks. I had been pretty ill for about 2 years prior to surgery so I had a fair amount of fatigue and pred withdrawl that lasted about a year. Pouch adaption also took about a year. Three months post surgery I travled through Europe; at six months I did a half marathon. That year of recovery was not spent lounging around!