Yes, it's very painful and leaves bruising for a while....according to several of my friends. There is always morphine!!! My best advice is to talk to some of the nurses that work in the hospital and ask how they would rate the dr. Ask for names of previous patients that you can call...check out the drs. credentials.
The first few days and weeks the friends I knew were saying it was the dumbest thing they ever did....then a few months later, they were glad they had it done! Remember though, that unless you're careful, you can regain the weight and look like you never had it done! Be sure you are committed to keeping yourself in shape.
Swalker (looking forward to the pain and agony in the next couple of yrs!)