I has been 10 years since my surgury. Everything was removed including 1/2 of the sigmoid colon. I was in for a 3 hour to 5 hour surgery and from the time I left my room until I returned it was 13 hours. Drugs are wonderfull. I had no discomfort at all. My 5 day stay in the hospitial was closer to 3 weeks + .
I found that hot showers running down the back was a grate relief. I was certain that the stitches were copulating and taking over the whole area. Itching was the only problem . The end result was that I have no discomfort, can sit and drive several hours at a time with out any issue.
I was Quite board sitting around the house so I starting building a row boat to keep my self occupied. I now work 8 to 12 hours a day depending on construction challanges and I still put in a full 5 days a week in our shop. I am 70 years old, in great health, and have no problems with the results of the surgery. In fact the bag is quite convienient due to allowing me to work with out inturuptions..
I had my colon/rectum removed due to Crohn's in Dec 2009 and was in the hospital 5 days, 1 month recovery at home, then returned to work gradually. HOWEVER, I have had less radical surgeries and been hospitalized much longer. It all depends on your particular situation and your body's response. Just know there is hope in recovery. I now work a full schedule and am more active than I have ever been in my life. Yes, I still have moments that I don't feel well or have frustrations with the ostomy, but life is so much better. Hang in there! There is hope.