Before the surgery, I was given a long-acting local anesthetic, which lasted about 8 hours. The main problem in the hospital after surgery was the inability to urinate; at 3am they used an urinary catheter, and that was really uncomfortable. I could not sleep at all until they removed it at 7am. But even then, I still could not urinate until 2pm, and only a few drops, and with a great pain.
On Friday, February 26th, at 3pm, I left the hospital and went home; the doctor gave me a prescription medicine for pain (paracetamol and metamizole), and recommended me frequent soaks in warm water (sitz baths) to help relieve pain.
The first week after the surgery was the most painful time of my life, especially during the first bowel movement.
Since them, I have started to feel better though. I feel about 75% recovered. I still feel a little pain and I cannot sit for long periods of time, but in a few days I will begin working again and my life will return to normality.