You didn't say what you are going in for surgery for? I had a laparoscopy a year ago for a ovarian cyst (the Dr. found Stage 4 Endo. also!). It was a very simple surgery for me; but I do well w/that stuff so everyone is different.
But honestly, here's what happens usually: you will likely get general anesthesia and then the Dr. inflates your belly with gas to see organs,etc. Then they use a scope (a SMALL incision 2 belly button), to look at your insides and do any procedures (like mine, drain the cyst and cauterize endo, etc.). Then once they are done, they deflate the gas and close any incisions (usually absorbable stitches) and then you recover from anesthesia,etc. My whole surgery took like an hour, then recovered about an hour and got to go home afterward. I have heard many people say that they get pain in their shoulder from the gas that lasts 1-2 days, but if you use a heating pad it should help w/that
. If you are worried about the anesthesia, ask about getting a anti-nausea drug along with the general anesthetic. I did great, but just giving you advice if you are nervous. It really was a good experience and you may be sore and VERY tired after, so just take it easy for a week! Good luck to you and let us know how everything goes! I hope I helped some