My gall bladder surgery was painless. No need for any pain medication after surgery except for 1 pill when I got home just to releive the pain caused by the stitches. The discomfort from the stitches did last for about 10 days but it did not stop me from doing anything. And I was out of the house the day after, though I did feel a little drained by later in the day.
As far as the surgery itself, [...it] actually started at 7:45 and I was back home by 1 PM.
The only draw back, like most major surgery is that I couldn't do anything strenuous for about 2 weeks (golf, bowling, etc.) but simple excercise,like walking, was not a problem.
If I had 2 gall bladders and had to do this again, this is the way to go.