I've had 3 detethering surgeries so far, the most recent being about 15 years ago. Anyway, the recovery wasn't bad. With my first and second, I had to lie on my abdomen for close to a week while the incision closed. I think that was mostly because the surgery was newer, and the surgeon wanted to be sure the incision would heal properly. After the third surgery, though, my surgeon was confident that lying on my back would not do damage to the incision. I could not bend over until I got my stitches out, and I had some minor pain (maybe a 3/10), but those were the worst parts of the recovery. Within a week or so after suture removal, I was back to normal activity.