I had it a few years ago. It’s not a huge surgery, but I scheduled mine on a Friday, then took the whole following week off, and I’m glad I did.
I was in and out the same day; I went under about 2pm and was out of the hospital around 6. They make you pee once before you leave, but because my bladder is the size of a pea, I peed right away and was out the door.
Buy granny panties and wear a loose dress to go home in. Regular underwear will rub right where the inscisions are on your hips. Nasty granny panties are ugly but will come above that, so they’ll be less annoying. Also bring a pillow to hold over your abdomen on the way home. The pressure will help everything stop feeling so jiggly over bumps. That pillow will be your best friend when you sneeze or laugh for the first week or so, too. Things are just kind of floaty in there for a while and a quick muscle clench doesn’t feel great.
I only wore granny panties and loose dresses for the first week, and I probably couldn’t get back into pants for 2-3 weeks from the swelling. It wasn’t terrible, or painful, just kind of frustrating sometimes.
Try to recover on the same floor as a bathroom so you can avoid stairs. They do cut through a little muscle, even for a lap surgery, and that muscle is really vital to lifiting your legs. It was hard for me to lift my legs for about 2 weeks to like get in cars and stuff. I only did stairs twice a day, once up, once down, because it was exahusting. Also try to put something in the bathroom that you can grab on to to sit and stand other than a towel rack (those come out of the wall pretty easy). You’ll appreciate a little support.
And just stock up on regular band aids. The inciscions are tiny, but you’ll want to keep them covered once you’re out in the world again, to reduce the risk of infection and of snagging them on anything (the string in my inscisions was really stiff).
I was back to work in a week, although it was uncomfortable because I had a long commute, but I did it. I was back to 100% normal, back in the gym, etc, within 2 months. RESPECT YOUR LIFT RESTRICTIONS. You’ll feel it if you don’t! I had help moving files and stuff at work for a few weeks. Three years later, you’d never know I even had the surgery except three tiny scars (and I mean tiny, like between half an inch and an inch) and they’ve faded really well without my putting anything on them.
Don’t freak yourself out. I did, and it did me no good. The whole thing was basically utterly uneventful. They do this surgery a million times a year. You’ll be just fine 🙂