Good Luck from me too! Like sfgiants said, it will hurt, but once you heal, you will be so much better without those bad parts in your body sucking the lifeblood outta ya! I can't give you an estimate of how long you'll be in - I too was a really sick puppy when I had mine done (many years ago).
One hint -- when you are offered the meds and need them, Take Them. The time they helped me the most was right before I was gonna go "walk", esp the first couple of days.
Also if you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, grab a pillow and press it in against your belly. It really does help. Extra pillows on the bed are nice to stick here and there -- under your knees or behind your back when laying on your side.. you'll figure that out.
Please let him know we are all thinking of him. Take good care of him and hope to hear from you soon on an update.
Hope he had a much better day today and is feeling a bit stronger each day. It is a major surgery and an adjustment to get used to. Keep focused on the long term.... Thinking of you both,
I'm so sorry he has had this set back. Sometimes the gut isn't ready to wake up when we want it to. I'm glad they put the IV back in to be sure that he doesn't dehydrate since he was nauseous. I'm sending good thoughts your way... please let him know we all care.
Sorry to hear of the set-back. A lot of us have been there. You are right, however, it is a process. Unfortunately, it seems to be a two step forward one step back situation. Try to take care of yourself and don't lose heart. He is so fortunate to have you by his side and I'm sure he knows it. We are praying for his healing and relief from pain.