Hi I just have that surgery, at first you will felt like you just did a lots of excersice it hurt you abdomen, I recomend you do a lot of walking not too mutch at first but try to increased. This is a serious surgery try to find a doctor who is specialist in doing this kind of procedures, now they use the (laparoscopic) method just holes and one vikiny cut for about 3" thats the one it will hurt for a while, but try to get from the doctor if you work the longest time out of work you will need it believed. Try to find very good information about the surgery, if you realy need it, if this your first time that it happens you might try to get some antibiotic first if is happen more then 3 times then that is differnt sorry but you going to have to do it that is the best to end the pain and all that sufering. Try to get second opinion or thirth if is necesary this is not a jock do some research, thats my advise, I have that surgery 9-18-02 and I'm still not back to normal yet (to go the bathrom, gass, burp ext. you have to learn how to use your new and short large intestine and is very unconfortable. I hope this will help you. Regards: HR.