Sorry to hear about the diagnosis. We all know how hard it is to deal with that kind of news, so you're in great company to talk about it. But, from the sound of things it seems you're pretty much in the best case scenario so far. It's good to get the surgery done and over with, but the fact you were given the option on waiting is in itself good news. When I went through my ordeal the Onco didn't give me the choice of waiting for a few weeks because he believed I was on the verge of metastasis (even having a biopsy done was high risk for me). The time between my diagnosis and my surgery was only a matter of a few days.
The surgery is pretty quick and I was home within 2 hours after waking up from it. I would have been home even sooner, but it took me a while to get up out of the bed an into a wheelchair because I got pretty sick from the morphine every time I tried to sit up. The nurses in recovery were actually getting impatient because I was taking too long to get out, they had other patients coming into recovery and they needed the room!
Obviously, you're going to be pretty soar for the first week. Laughing, coughing, sneezing, hiccups...it's all going to hurt a bit. The surgical area was tender and soar, of course, but most of my pain came from the drainage tube that was left in for those first few days. I don't think everyone gets one, but it was VERY uncomfortable for me every time I got up to move and I couldn't wait to get the damn thing out.
I had to stay with family for a day or two because I quickly realized after the surgery that I couldn't climb the few flights of stairs to my apartment... Just something you'll want to keep in mind if you have more than just a couple of steps to climb at home.
Looking back I wish I had some kind of air cushion to sit on for the ride home from the hospital. Even morphine didn't stop the pain from potholes and bumps in the road! Get yourself some stool softener too. The pain meds will cause constipation and the last thing you're going to want to do is use your abdominal muscles while struggling on the toilet. You're recovery will go quick, though. I was back to work on light duty within 2 weeks and after about 3 1/2 weeks I was back to handling my normal workload.
Anyway, good luck and keep us posted.
Dx Testicular Cancer (pure seminoma, stage I) - 5/2/2008
Right side orchiectomy - 5/6/2008
20 Sessions of Radiation treatment - 10/2008
Remission 4 years
Low Testosterone - 5/2012 (treatment postponed)
Dx Thyroid Cancer (papillary carcinoma) - 6/21/2012
Total Thyroidectomy, lymph node removal, trachea scraped - 7/18/2012