Tracey, It hurts i'm not going to lie. I found that if i sleep sitting up it's not as bad(I mean like a recliner or something like that). They say drink fluids, I try but It's hard. It feels like i have really bad strep throat and an ear infection where it hurts to swallow everything even the meds. Just plan on getting alot of rest and take your meds as told. The 1st 3 days I did well with popsicles and applesauce, anything cold. Then after the 4th day, cold didn't work anymore. But the heat of drained chicken noodle soup really helps. I recommend boullion or lipton soup mix well drained. Good luck w/ your surgery.