I had one last year, and overall it's been a positive experience, and I'm glad I went through it.
A couple of practical suggestions:
- Prepare well in advance. Many people bounce back quite well, but I found it was really helpful to have stocked up the fridge, cleaned the house etc, so that I wouldn't have to do anything afterwards except focus on recovery. I'm really glad I did this as it made life quite a bit easier, and meant that I didn't have to worry about eg. going to the shops.
- Avoid constricting clothes. Hold-ups, low-rise knickers and loose dresses are your friend. I found I was a bit swollen after the operation, and these things were all helpful in avoiding irritating the stitches. Also, shopping for new knickers was a welcome distraction before the surgery.
- Pain relief. It's like what you'd do for a bad period: painkillers (they'll probably give you some at the hospital); hot water bottle; all that. I spent quite a bit of time watching old movies.
- Time. Some people are able to rush back to their usual routine. Some aren't. Just see what works for you. Make sure your friends or colleagues know that you won't be on form for a little while, but you don't know when you'll be your usual self.
For what it's worth, I've felt very much better since I had mine. Good luck, and I hope it goes well for you. Keep posting here - I learned lots of these tips from this community.