Welcome and thanks for the best wishes- he is doing really well!
The surgery itself went perfectly. The most pain I had was actually from the gas (you end up with little pockets of air inside your body from the incision) and until those dissipate, it isn't the greatest but it's manageable. I also had a push-button drip which meant if I was uncomfortable, I could get a morphine drip to ease the pain. I don't recall feeling a lot of pain due ott he incisions. In fact, I didn't use any of the pain meds they gave me when I got home as I didn't need them.
I did, however, struggle a little bit in the hospital. I don't remember most of it but I am told that I was not waking up well from the surgery and that they had a hard time getting my heart rate to stabilize. I also took a little longer to recover and had to stay an extra day in the hospital.
My husband, on the other hand, despite being a lot more high risk than I was, is doing much better than I did! While I'm so happy for him, I'm also a little jealous at well he's doing. ;)
I hope you're able to make the best choice for you! Let me know if you have any more questions, I'd be happy to answer them!