I have to say, my lymph node removal was a bit worse than anything else. Everyone is different. I had 14 removed and was left with a very tiny scar, so from what I understand, the doctor can move around quite a bit through a small incision. The area is naturally tender, so I felt a good deal of pain and discomfort but I slept fine and was totally mobile. Just not a fun area to have operated on. They'll give you some good meds, and plan to have a smaller narrow pillow to elevate your arm while you sleep for a while. Good luck!