For me the answer was no. There was a lot of discomfort (my back hurt because my body had been put into weird positions during the surgery--exercise and stretching helped--I felt nauseous at times, etc.), but very little actual pain. I did not use the pain pump they gave me, and filled the Percoset prescript
ion but never took any (after either step).
To put it in perspective, the worst pain I have ever suffered was from gallstone pancreatitis, for which I needed Dilaudid. I also had an eardrum burst once, for which I took narcotics; that was a pretty close second. The surgeries were stressful and not fun, but I would not call them painful.
One big caveat--my surgeries were laparoscopic. I'm sure if I'd had the big incision, it would have been a whole other ballgame.
PS. I also had serious reservations about
the surgery, along with an irrational fear of vomiting that made it hard for me to do something that seemed certain to cause it. Oddly, though the NG tube did make me gag, I never actually puked. And in retrospect I wish I had had surgery about
15 minutes after I was diagnosed ten years ago. It's not that I don't have tough days, but so far never a day bad enough to be out of work or unable to be out of the house, and the peace in my life now that I am free of the disease and its risks is completely worth it. If drugs are not controlling your disease or if you have dyplasia, surgery done by the right surgeon is a very good option.
Post Edited (Charlotte Gilman) : 9/15/2008 2:05:46 PM (GMT-6)