I was released from the hospital on day 4 after APR surgery - saw surgeon on day 10 for follow up and staple removal. He checked me, front and back, and left the room. The nurse got ready to remove my 17 belly staples ... I closed my eyes, clinched my fists, and bit my lip. Nothing was happening, so I looked around to see about the delay. Staples were OUT, I hadn't felt anything at all, the nurse was giggling. Don't worry about staple removal!
Earthgirl's post was an eyeopener - that must have been awful - something to consider if you've been on meds. I had no symptoms at all, was only taking meds for blood pressure and diabetes. My rectal cancer was found during routine colonscopy