I just wanted to add a comment here. I think people all recover differently, as expressed in your responces. But the average hospital stay is 5 to 7 days. And average recovery period is 4 to 6 weeks. I like mojowo4 had an infection in my incision both times, so my average time off each time was 8 weeks.
Please be sure to take the time off YOU need. This is major surgery and it can take time to recover from. Some folks are so bad before, that once they had their surgeries they felt so much better, that even surgical pain was better than what they suffered with before.
I work a desk job, and believe me there was still no way I could have gone back sooner. In fact I kept telling my family I felt like I was never gonna get better, but of course I did. After your surgery one of the things that helps most of us, is to walk and walk and walk some more. It starts to get things moving quicker. Expect some D afterwards for awhile, as it takes sometime for your intestines to adjust to the surgery. Usually gets better within time.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.