I had very little pain post op but people have different experiences. I had more nausea than pain. I figure at my age I will be fortunate to have the excess skin problem. I am 50 pounds down and will worry about skin later on. I am just enjoying the ride down on the scales. I was still on liquids a week out but proceeded to puréed pretty quickly. The first few weeks are the worst part and then you will begin to feel so much better. I can eat most everything now but in very small amounts. Time passes quickly these days. Glad to have you as friend.