@heavanet- I had gum surgery a few years ago, and I would say that the recovery time was more uncomfortable than it was painful.
For the first few days following surgery, I took some prescribed pain medications for the discomfort. After that, my gums were sore, but the sensation was tolerable.
I think that the worst part about gum surgery was being on a diet of soft foods for several weeks. I missed regular food very much, so that was frustrating. But it was all worth it when my gums healed and my recession issues were corrected.