The first few days you will be feeling tired and you can expect to have pain. Make sure you have your prescription for pain medication before you leave the hospital. Everyone has a different tolerance for pain. You will generally need to take the pain medication more regularly for the first few days postoperatively. Walking is good for you and should be done each day to increase your strength and help your bowels return to regular function. You will likely have gas pain and you may notice that having a bowel movement is more difficult, initially. Bowel function generally slows down following surgery due to inactivity and pain medication. But as you increase your activity level and decrease your pain medication, you will gradually return to your normal bowel function. You can encourage bowel movements and reduce constipation by eating a diet which includes grain cereals, raw fruits and vegetables and plenty of liquids. If you were on a special diet before surgery, you should resume the diet your doctor recommends for you.
You should not drive or operate machinery as long as you still need to take narcotic pain medicine. Avoid strenuous activity and do not lift any weight over 30 pounds until given instructions by your doctor. Ask your doctor when you can resume driving.