I did. Emergency cesarean with my 2nd due to cord prolapse, so can't say much about the preparation beforehand, but recovery was... different. It was definitely harder. I couldn't even sit up to reach for my baby in her bassinet without immense pain. I maxed out my morphine every time I knew I had to stand up soon and still doubled over from it.
The first few days were the hardest, but taking it easy while still moving as much as possible made recovery doable. On a plus side, they, er, cleaned things out for me, so lochia wasn't bad at all and having the morphine meant the other aches and pains were less. However, the tylenol with codeine (I didnt realize the tylenol they gave me in the hospital had codeine until they wrote out the Rx to get some for home) and morphine went through my milk and it took a few days for my daughter to be alert.
It's hard to compare the two, because they are so immensely different. They wanted me to stay in bed for the first day (which sucked), and then moving around the 2nd just hurt all over, but by the 3rd morning I was able to take a shower and hobble around my room, and by the end of the week I only had issues if I attempted to do too much.
On the plus side, due to a successful vaginal with my first and the reason for my 2nd being a cesarean, I am a perfect candidate for a VBAC.