Today I feel pretty good. I still hurt all over. I think you have to expect to have some pain after the trauma that your body is put through. I can walk and sit and lay down but getting up and sitting down hurt. I don't pain medication and am not even taking any tylenol. Even with this pain and the lumpiness etc that seem to go along with it I still would do it again. I might choose a different time of year as my summer is blowing by and I don't see that I'll be able to do any hiking or biking for the next month anyway.
Someone mentioned that your skin has a likeness to silly puddy at one of the healing stages. That is a very good analogy. As long as I have the compression on it looks great but if I wear a pair of pants with a waistband I get a nice ring around my waist.
What I wasn't prepared for but should have been was the amount of drainage there was the first couple of days. I would definitely prepare your bed for a mess prior to surgery. Old sheets and I even put a towel over my mattress pad and a plastic garbage sack over that to make sure my mattress wasn't ruined. The good part is that the drainage is a mix of blood and tumescent fluid so it didn't stain as long as it didn't sit too long.