Hi Sam and welcome you've definitely come to the right place for support and positivity
i had my radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymphandectomy on 19 November. I also had my ovaries removed but I'm 47, have two children and had a cyst on one. no two people will have the same experience but I found the build up to the op worse than the actual op itself. I was pleasantly surprised after having expected to be in severe pain. You will probably have a morphine pump immediately after the op to self administer but before the days out that will have gone and oral medication given in its place. Make sure you drink lots of water as morphine and coedine can make you very constipated. Drink peppermint tea to ease the wind pain and baggy clothes are a must. I stopped taking strong painkillers when I left hospital and returned home and then used paracetamol and ibruprofen when required. I was also lucky and only needed a catheter for 24 hours which is good going for me as I already have a pre-existing bladder problem. i had to ensure I voided my bladder and that took longer than normal but nothing painful just slightly inconvenient.
i avoided travelling far in the car for the first week but you will know yourself if you feel fit enough to travel. You will get very tired and need to rest. I've even slept in the daytime which is unheard of. I still haven't driven as I get odd twinges that have taken my breath away usually when I overdo it or stretch awkwardly. II'm going to try at weekend . Usually it is your insurance that doesn't cover you if you are advised not to drive for a specific length of time. I am now able to put my own ted stockings on and off too. I'm also counting the days (4) till my last injection.
All in all it probably won't be anywhere near as bad as you think. The fear of the unknown is far worse.
any questions ask away but good luck.