Month by month (year by year ..grin) it all just got so much better! Thank god for that operation! Now I swim, play squash, cycle, climb in the mountains.....pretty certain I could run if I wanted to...but I'll never get back to my old level..so new sports is the way to go.
Took a whole to get over the op..I'd say 6 month and then slowly (so that you would not really notice) the stiffness and tendon pain got less and less. So I guess, if there's any lesson for me - the surgery helped but I had to be prepared to change my life/sports and I had to be patient!
Good luck to you and you can always email me if you've got any questions about my experiences