Hi Roses -
Don't be afraid. Lol - that coming from me!!! If you could ever find my pre op thread,(I had the Op Sept 8th) then you will know how nervous I was. Especially since I had very acute anxiety and panic disorder. I was soooo stressed. Now in hindsite it's so much easier to say, don't stress! So take it from me - DON'T STRESS.
Look, it is no walk in the park. But everything is very manageable. There is no over the top pain, suffering, or issues. There is definatley some discomfort. You will have some pain immediately after, but soon that will dissapear in a haze from the drugs. You will be hazy, but it's all good. Infact my very first thing I said through a very hoarse voice was "I can swallow."
It is a major surgery, but like many others here who have experienced it would join me in saying, I would do it all again if I had to. Which, one day, I might in fact have to. And I will!