Well, you know I have had a similar surgery in mid-July.
I did not need the muscle/hernia repair (as you know, my surgery was to remove excess skin I had ended up with after a 100+ lbs weight-loss - being an aging virgin, I have obviously never been pregnant; it is likely that should I ever have a baby I mind need yet another surgery...not a joyful prospect but I guess I would be willing to go through the ordeal again), so the healing has been a bit easier for me.
The only actual complication I had was that during the first post-op night I lost about 0.75 l of blood - I had drains in, and the nurses kept on coming to check on me, and to replace those plastic bottles that collected my blood. The anaesthesist decided against giving me a transfusion, though, saying that I was otherwise strong and reasonably healthy, and that my body should manage. (It is quite interesting to note that after this blood loss my resting heart rate skyrocketed from my usual 42-46 range to about 70 - this is apparently normal when you lose blood. Three months on and being allowed to exercise again, it has dropped to the 42-46 yet again.) Seeing I always have lowish blood pressure, I developed seriously low bp during that interesting post-op night, I had about 89/48 and I managed to faint in the bathroom. I am embarrassed to say that I came round moments later, lying with my head inches from the loo, and with my legs being held up (to help my blood to get back to my head) by a nurse. I kept on apologizing, feeling like a real idiot.
I got released on day three (my bleeding, mercifully enough, stopped on the second day post my surgery), having been provided with some antibiotics and painkillers (and I actually only took four of the painkiller pills - I am told that if you have your muscles repaired as well, the pain is a lot worse, though). I got a "fabulous" and sexy compression garment that felt like a turtle's carapace (and I wore it for full 8 weeks - it was ever so magnificent that we "enjoyed" a seriously hot summer; unsurprisingly enough, I bought a second carapace because it was necessary to wash and dry the garment(s) every other day). And I was told not to attempt any dieting at that point. Each evening, I had to spray the incisions (the long, hip-to-hip one, and te small one around my new navel) with a medical disinfectant. Over the course of the first week, I developed three small haematoma above my incision - I kept on applying a small amount of ointment on these areas, and they subsided nicely. No real problem there.
I had a first check-up on day 6 and everything was pretty much okay. I was a bit tired but that was to be expected, I suppose. The only other tiny complication I had was self-induced - fearing infection, I kept on scrubbing myself with bars of Dettol antibacterial soap and my skin went incredibly itchy and dry - it looked like a weird rash of sorts. Instead of harsh Dettol one, I bought a couple of bottles of liquid soap suitable for newborn babies and within three or four days, my skin went back to normal. My bit of advice - hygiene is a great thing (I am a bit of a hygiene freak) but do not overdo it.
I was not allowed to exercise for about 8 weeks but, mercifully enough, I was told to walk - within a week I was able to make 10,000 steps a day. Not wishing to put on extra weight (right after the surgery, I was actually 10 pounds heavier than I had been before, but it was mostly the immense swelling!), I kept on making a good, long walk every evening (I generally did 10-12 miles or so). The swelling kept on subsiding, though it still comes back a bit; I am told that even months after the surgery you can swell, particularly after a vigorous physical activity or after a very salty meal. It simply takes months until the nerves in your skin (particularly just above your incision) heal properly.
I have been using silicone strips over my scar - three months on, it has slightly faded, and it is much softer to touch. Sometimes it looks a bit lighter, sometimes a bit darker. The central bit is still a bit stiff (and I can hardly feel anything just above the middle part of the incision - this is, I am told, also normal). On my left hip, the edge of the scar is smooth, and it seems to be healing nicely. The right edge is, however, very slightly raised and there appears to be a tiny imperfection - the doc has told me that if this is still there one year post-op, he would do a very minor touch-up surgery (with just a local anaesthetic) to repair this tiny issue.
How do I feel? Mostly okay; there is that bit of numbness above the central part of my incision but it is nothing too awful; one can get used to it. Frankly, I am glad my pouch is gone (when I wear jeans, there is no horrible bulging in my lower tummy area, when I jog there is no disgusting bouncing, and there is no aful "under-pouch" build-up of sweat - these issues used to bother me immensely, and I am glad I am rid of these - the surgery was worth the discomfort and the money) but if I speak truly candidly, I kind of doubt it has made me more "sexy"; as far as I know, many guys find these scars incredibly off-putting, and, ehm, I also still have loads of stretch marks (as in LOADS, and all over my body). I feel much more comfortable when I exercise and I even look a bit better when I wear clothes (this is pretty amazing - and it is a reason why I would be willing to go through this ordeal again) but I still feel hideous when naked (my experience has taught me that no surgery can actually make me attractive); I know I am going to stay single for the rest of my life, and I am learning to live with it.
That is my experience in a nutshell - if you want any extra info on how I coped with this or that post-op discomfort, do not hesitate and ask away ;-)
(BTW - I am incredibly sleepy, this post is bound to be riddled with typos - I sincerely apologize for having made your eyes bleed. Actually, I hope it is all written in English - too tired to check, though, lol.)