I've notice that you're scared of the surgery. It's really not as bad as you think. It was my first ever surgery and I was scared, too.
However, as I was able to talk to others here and have many of my questions answered I began to loose some of my fears.
The day of the surgery was not that bad for me:
1. put on breezy gown
2. million questions from nurse
3. IV put in (little ouchy)
4. Rolled to pre-op
5. more questions, two shots and anti-nausea patch in place
6. rolled into OR, slide onto table
8. wake up in post-op: some pain and very thirsty. Sorry no pain med or water until fully awake. :-/
9. Rolled to room to sleep more and then eat
I woke up with only an oxygen tube on my nose, IV in arm, and pressure boots on my legs and of course my gown, too.
I only needed pain meds once while in the hospital and took only half of the pain meds given for home. After four days I only needed tylenol.
You do need to stay with liquid diet for 2-3 weeks, then onto mushy foods.
The most important thing is to have a good surgeon. The rest is all gravy.