I have no idea what the recovery is like from a planned c-section as mine was an emergency one and they seem to make a bigger cut and was under a general. I've visited some women in the private after a planned one though and they were moving around quite well in comparison.
I know after my naturals though recovery was great and even went straight home after one of the births.
As long as both of you are well in the end. Hopefully the gel will do its job.