Lola, My incisions didn't cause that much pain, except for the first two days post surgery as long as I was stationary. As soon as I moved, they hurt. The hospital did offer Oxycodone, which helped considerably and we timed taking it for shortly before my getting out of bed and walks. Otherwise, in-between, they gave me large doses of Advil or Tylenol. I still had to take medications for a couple weeks after I got home before I felt more comfortable and well enough to ditch them. Gas pains were indeed a problem the night before and day I was to be released. They ordered milk of magnesia on top of the stool softener I'd asked for the day after surgery (they said they'd never had anyone ask for it, but I know that with narcotics, constipation is a problem because I'd helped with the marketing research of a long acting narcotic) and didn't want the problem to get too bad. I also had requested prune juice. By the time I had used all three.....success.....and no more gas pains. I kept using the stool softener or prune juice after I got home as long as I was using the oxycodone, even if it wasn't every day.
Just for today, I can get through anything. "Never let fear decide your fate." (from the band, Awoination.)