JR everyone is different - it's a one size doesn't fit all thing. I have known some people who were back at work in 3 weeks and others that took several months. Be prepared for fatigue and headaches afterward. Both were bad for me - my headache ended about 3 1/2 weeks after the surgery and I have not had them since (Oct. 2011 was my coiling/stent). They were having trouble controlling the headache in the hospital, I kept asking for Fioricet (several people on this forum told me to ask), but my doctor kept saying it wouldn't work. Well, it did with Oxy 5 mg, and I was able to start cutting down within a few weeks. Fatigue - the only thing you can do for that is just lay down and sleep. It eventually subsides. Some have it worse than others.
I was out for 24 hours and when I woke up, my hips were killing me. I couldn't move because they still had the catheter in me. They removed it early evening on my 2nd day - some people are able to go home on the 2nd day, but it was iffy for me to go home on the 3rd day - I made it happen late afternoon on day 3. My hips turned out to be lower lumbar, evidently at some point when they were moving me, my back was screwed up. I have 4 bulging discs now with nerve pain that goes down my left leg and the end of my right foot. This is very rare - I don't know of anyone else this happened to. I also was very breathless afterward - I couldn't walk very far without being out of breath. Loads of tests, a reason was never found. It just eventually became better. Again, rare.
I do have memory problems - I was diagnosed last year with Neuro-Cognitive Disorder. The neuropsych doctor who diagnosed me believes it is from the brain surgery. Again, not everyone has the memory problems that I do. I did have some pre-existing, especially after 4 years of cancer treatment, so it's hard to separate what could be from just the annie coiling/stenting, at least for me. Everyone's experience is different, like I said before. My back/breathing problems are something I have not heard other people have problems with.
The main thing to be aware is that headaches are normal - my neurosurgeon said that they really didn't know why. Fatigue is also normal and it varies from different people how long they have these. My headaches were gone by 4 weeks. Some people also have their coils compress over time - that is why you will need follow up for years to come. I have annual MRA's because of the location of mine, most people can go longer with time. I had an angiogram at 3 months and because everything was fine, I was able to discontinue Plavix. The 325 mg aspirin I will take the rest of my life and I'm sure you will too. You, like me, are among the lucky ones - we were diagnosed before rupture. Good luck on your coiling/stent June 2. We will be thinking about you. Let us know how you are when you are up to it after the surgery. Take care,