Best of luck to you on your upcoming surgery. Stay steady girlfriend!
When you wake up, you'll have a catheter. Once they removed the cath, I really didn't care about underwear until I got home. Then, since my scar is about 2 inches horizontal below my navel, I ended up spliting one side of several pair of underwear so there would be no pressure......so some crotch type cotton wear would be a good idea.
After a couple of weeks, I read somewhere on this board that people were wearing light support type panties. So I got some that were way big to provide light support and go over my belly.....that little extra support is a big help.
Shop for light foods you can get for yourself and keep them at waist level so you don't have to bend and stretch. Microwavable stuff perhaps.
I got some books on tape from the library. When I got home I had a few weeks of sleepless nights and they were helpful. Like having a storyteller in your bedroom. And pillows! Lots of 'em!
Read now as much as you can before your operation. I found there was alot I wasn't expecting. The recovery time is sloooow and long and sometimes discourageing but every day you'll get better. Don't push yourself and don't expect to be walking the block at 2 weeks. Some can but many can't .
Keep reading the boards! There are alot of stupendous people that reply!