It's been eight weeks since I had lapro colon resection. Don't remember the pain much except when trying sit up or get out of bed in the hospital. Didn't require any pain meds after being released. Incisions healed up nicely.
They might have to take a little more than 3-4 inches to get to healthy tissue, don't be too concerned.
I felt good fairly quickly but tried to remember not to overdue it for 4-6 weeks and there were some things my surgeon said not to do for for 8 weeks. That means I should be good to go.
Wishing you all goes well and a speedy recovery!