Thanks for the positive messages. So basically I got into the operating room and anesthesiologist said "here comes the good stuff" about 30 seconds later I was waking up after the procedure, but not without a complication. The actual procedure went well and all repairs were affected even though the damage was worse than what was shown on the x-rays.
The problem occurred when they found a damaged artery. This forced the anesthesiologist to forbid any pain medication until after the general anesthesia wore off.
apparently this would stress on the arteries too much. So bottom line is I woke up from a nice peaceful rest with my arm on fire. It took a half hour before they could give the morphine injection which took the pain away entirely. Quite fortunately the interesting thing about pain is that the human brain does not remember it well after it stops.
So while the surgery reset the clock back toward the injury date, I can tell the hand feels different and should work like normal once the pain wears off and the bones fuse together.