The abdominal muscle stitches are internal and desolve. The "smiley" incision on my lower abdomen was stiched internally with desolvable stitches and glued on the outside. The 2 drain hoses had a stitch or 2 each to hold them in place. The drains and the stitches were removed 6 days post-op. It didn't hurt because the skin was and is still numb. I think there were a few stitches around the belly button but again it was numb so it didn't hurt coming out. Getting the drains out was a relief. The part about draining them was kind of gross and a nucance but I managed. They are a pain but it's only temporary. Keep in mind that I went through recovery for the most part on my own and I came out just fine.
I pretty much went into this surgery with the attitude that this is something I've wanted to do for a long time. So, I knew that I would be very uncomfortable for a few days and then things would improve. I just kept telling myself that this is just temporary, this to shall pass and would improve each day. And, it did. I can't believe how far I've come in just 11 days. I know I have some time before I'll be 100% but I'm well on my way. I just do what I feel comfortable doing and rest or take a nap when my body tells me I need to. It's all in the attitude you bring going into it
Let me know if you have any more questions.