@ocelot60- My sister had a tummy tuck last year, and I stayed with her to help out during the recovery process. She did have some discomfort, especially during the first few days after the surgery. However, medications that her doctor prescribed helped her, and she didn't have to take them after a week post op.
She spent two weeks off work, though she could have returned to work after about 10 days. The extra days of downtime helped her heal and recover quicker than if she had pushed herself to return to her job too soon.
Overall, she did very well, and is extremely happy with the results of her tummy tuck. She is especially pleased that she no longer has sagging skin around her stomach area.