Mookie and the rest anticipating lap surg -
Do NOT let them send you home after only 24 hours! That's when complications, if there are any, will just start to show up. Even if you don't have a hernia that has to be closed and your surgery is only an hour, you need another day, at the least, to recover enough to be safe at home.
I was there for 4 days, but I am 64 and had my stomach stuck up in my chest. So I would say 2-3 days is perfectly reasonable with no complications. Just say you don't feel well enough to take care of yourself at home.
One complication - what we all experience and they don't tell you about
- is air and fluid around the lungs and fluid in the lungs. They are up in the mediastinum freeing up (cutting the attachments) of the esophagus so it will come down and be long enough to wrap. You are also on a ventilator for the procedure. Your lungs will not be in the same condition they were when you went it! That's why they bring you a spirometer and have you proctice inhaling to reinflate your lungs. They will x-ray to see how bad it is, so ask about
it afterwards!! They should have you get another x-ray after a few days to see if there is improvement.