I had a colon resection due to a stricture in June 2006. I was in the hospital for 4 days, including the day of surgery. It was an easy recovery for me - much easier compared to my c-section that I had in May 2005 (of course that could have been due to not having a newborn at home to take care of this time). I'm not sure about
how long you would be out of work. I'm a stay at home mom and work VERY part time from home and I think I took about
a month off before I let them know I was ready to accept assignments again.
By the way - that's how they found my stricture too - during a colonoscopy. Then my GI wanted to do a barium test and it sent me into shock because the doctor doing it was trying to force the barium through the stricture. Yeah...... Good times. The weird thing was I didn't really feel bad at all before my surgery.
Good luck with everything!