I am new to this board, just found it.
Hi and Welcome!
My first birth was C section after 4 hours of pushing (no baby) my second section was a similar story. In both cases I had pain for the first couple of weeks, but then it subsided. I also think that my second C section was easier than the first simply because I knew what to expect.
I do hear that recovery from a section that is PLANNED rather than with a uterus that has been through labor is easier, but I don't have that first hand experience. Perhaps someone will jump in here who's had that experience... sometime soon!