I had mine before children so I was able to be more precious about it. It was quite painful but not unbearable. I think I went back to work two weeks after the surgery but I couldn't lift anything over shoulder height. I think even then I felt nervous walking down the street in case someone bumped into me. I was walking with my arms in front of my chest. I'd expect the usual 6 week recovery time you get from most major surgery (eg, a c/s takes about that long I think).