I'm 5 1/2 weeks out and feeling great. My surgery could not be done laprascopically. I had the full open surgery - 4 hours. I had a T tube in my side for 4 1/2 weeks. After they took my pain pump (day 3) I haven't need even an Advil. Feel great - would do it all over just the same in a heart beat. Enjoying all the foods that used to hurt for the last few years. Fried chicken is great!