@chicken although I did not have laparoscopic the patients I have spoken with have had an overall faster recovery period in regards to incisional pain and hospital recovery; however, the long term recovery was very similar to open in that is was at least 6 months before the whole digestive system and eating returned to normal. Recovery is a very slow process with MALS and when you think about how long you live with the symptoms it is no surprise it would take a considerable amount of time to get functionality back. The biggest challenge after surgery is eating, because you don’t feel pain after eating you tend to overeat (or eat a normal meal) and your body is not use it. The best advice I can give you is to eat small frequent meals for awhile. I hope this helps! Keep asking questions!