They finally removed the catheter tube today, three weeks after the original surgery. It's a real step forward, and has already dramatically reduced the pain/discomfort I felt the last week or so.
Unfortunately, it doesn't indicate an immediate return to "normal," or the pre-surgery condition. No details, but apparently it's unrealistic to expect that everything will suddenly return to "normal."
The doctor informed me that although he's happy with the amount of healing I've already done that healing will go on for another three weeks and I have to limit my activities accordingly.
Still, it's a good day and I'm enjoying it. I'm even enjoying the fact that I can now start doing some easy exercises.