I had the surgery and they took out 14” because of diverticulitis. Was left with a 8” vertical scar that started 3” above the navel & extended 5” below it. My only problem was repeat visits where they used balloons to stretch everything out again. He used the analogy that the existing colon was like waistband on an old pair of underwear and the stapled section was like the waistband on a new pair. Not kidding. Like everyone says each individual is different the thing you don’t want to do is to go full throttle when you start to feel good. At Mayo I ran into several people who who figured they were near 100% and regretted their rush back to normalcy.