If this is the first "major" surgery you have ever had it's "normal" to have some fear and apprehension. I used the word "major" because you referenced the time as being 1 1/2 to 2 hrs.
I've had a couple of major surgeries in my lifetime so can speak from experience in addition to being a Nurse.
First and foremost, try to put out of your mind every body elses "horror stories" of their own experiences!!
And DO keep in mind that undergoing surgery today is far more "patient friendly" than it ever used to be, despite the fact that risk is always involved.
When you go in for your surgery you will either come to the hospital from home at the designated time, or be admitted a day in advance if pre-op testing, etc. demands such. ( Cost containment in today's health care industry precludes "day before surgery admissions", so probably all of your pre-op requirements i.e., lab work, x-rays, EKG, etc. will be done prior to your admission for the surgery.)
The day of your surgery you'll be taken to the pre-op area, where the Nurses, Anesthesiologist, and possibly your Surgeon will all be present. The usual, "empty your bladder, disrobe, and don this lovely hospital gown" will be the agenda.
Once your're on the guerney things begin to move along...
they will go through a certain amount of paperwork, start an IV in the holding area, and give you time to ask any questions you still have.
Depending on how nervous they notice you are, they might give you some IV sedation pre-op. Or, DO REMEMBER, you can request to have it, if nobody offers!!
Once in the OR, the anesthesiologist will place the mask over your face and you will be breathing wonderful, cool oxygen, while h/she gives you some IV sedation that will put you to sleep before you can get to "98" counting backwards from 100.
The wierd thing about surgery is: you go to sleep and wake up "seemingly" in the same moment! Operation over......
and maybe feeling some pain, but the Nurses already have orders for your pain med in Rec. Room and SHOULD be assessing you for your need, and giving it accordingly.
If a foley catheter is required it is inserted while you are "out."
Again remember, as you are waking up, and if you are feeling severe pain, you can ask for pain medication. You will be pretty "groggy" in Rec. Room and have lapses in and out of consciousness, but aware of what 's going on around you.
We have much better medications today for pre and post op surgery and nausea and vomiting post-op is not a MAJOR problem across the board. It wouldn't be fair to tell you that you will not experience N/V......it is very much an individual thing.
Learning as much as you can about your surgery and what can be expected post-op is a wise thing to do.
Here's a joke you can tell your surgeon:
"What's the difference between God and a Doctor?"
Answer: God knows He's not a Doctor!
Good luck, and let us know how things go!
Bonnie C., RN