Hope you're doing well.
I had a recection (done open) back in 2005 and it was tough but was so much better afterwards.
Worst for me was I had an epidural for 5 days and had an allergic reaction to the tape!!! Took longer getting over the rash than the actual surgery.
I have a 7 inch scar but well worth it - be strong :)
Diagnosed in 2005 after many years of wrong diagnosis (Gastric Migraines, IBS etc). One resection emergency surgery 3 months after diagnosis due to blockage.
Just taking Questran (colestyramine) with cranberry juice daily and the occasional immodiums now (I have them in every bag).