I had the surgery & yes, not even allowed to drive for 2 weeks. I had to wait for a year to have the surgery, had to see a few different doctors,but the insurance did pay for it & I'm happy w/the results. I think most horse riders would opt to go as small as possibe, & right after I thought-Yay! so tiny, but after healing I'm back to where I was before the growth surge I had that brought on the need for surgery. I was warned that this is a surgery that cannot be repeated. Therefore I had to lose weight & keep it off for a year before they would do it.
For me, it was a 4 hour surgery, done as an out-patient, & I still cannot believe how many nurses there wanted what I was getting rid of.