I had an epidural after my resection two years ago. It kept the pain to a bare minimum for me. Definitely was the way to go I thought. Mine was placed before my surgery, but I was totally out when they did it. I was in the waiting area getting final prep for surgery, next thing the anesthesiologist came in, gave me something, and several hours later I was waking up, and doing quite well, pain wise. My epid. line needed to be repositioned once on day two, but I was pleased with the effect. I had the epidural in for 4 days then I was put on percocet by mouth, which is what works best for my pain.
My surgery was open and my incision is from about three or four inches below my belly button to about two or so inches above my belly button. It has healed quite well.
I wish you the best!!