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47 YEARS OLD AND SLEEVE SURGERY ON 8/23/11



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After being 265 pounds for 14 years, I finally lostg 100 pounds with Weight Watchers in 2008. By June 2011 I was back to 225 pounds. That's when I absolutely knew that surgery was right for me. The VSG was the best fit for me and I am now 5 days post op. I haven't stepped on the scale since the surgery, but the pre-op diet got me down to 206 on the day of surgery. My surgean repaired a hiatal hernia during the sleeve operation. Since I was a self pay (no insurance) my surgeon chose outpatient surgery center and I was home within 25 hours of surgery. I had pain accross my upper back and, of course, all sorts of stomach pain, gas, etc. After talking to my doctor, I realized I wasn't taking the full dose of liquid Lortab. I did finally get some relief. Day 5 and still no bowel movement, still have LOTS of gas, each day is better than the last, but overall more painful than I thought it would be.

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Lortab can stop you up. Check with your Dr but they gave me stool softners in the hospital, like Colace.

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Are you walking around? I had to walk a lot to get rid of the gas! I'm 47 as well and I found SIP SIP SIP makes you feel better too. Get your FLUIDS IN!! I also made my own Soups with fresh veggies and that helped keep me REGULAR!! LOL

You will LOVE YOUR NEW SLEEVE!!! Welcome aboard!!!

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Welcome!!!!!

Deb

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Thanks for all the feedback....since I started this board thing (haha) I feel lots better! Feel free to give me tips on communicating easier, also. So I have the settings correct?

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I think I'm walking enough. I have taken my two dogs (Roxy & Beegee) around the block yesterday and today. Before that I would just pace the house.

Are you walking around? I had to walk a lot to get rid of the gas! I'm 47 as well and I found SIP SIP SIP makes you feel better too. Get your FLUIDS IN!! I also made my own Soups with fresh veggies and that helped keep me REGULAR!! LOL

You will LOVE YOUR NEW SLEEVE!!! Welcome aboard!!!

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I have questions about the meds I can take, like the PPI. I'm not taking anything right now (well except pain med, lortab). I guess I will get what I need tomorrow, but I am anxios to start the PPI because I have read that is so important to healing.

Lortab can stop you up. Check with your Dr but they gave me stool softners in the hospital, like Colace.

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My doctor did give me Nexium in case I needed it. I think I took them for a couple of days but that was it.

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Congrats on being sleeved!!!! :)

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You should have great success with the sleeve. I am 54 and am six months post surgery, and I love my sleeve. My doc had me start Famotidene (pepcid) as soon as I got home. I also started prilosec at about 6 weeks after surgery - when I started real food (after the mushiies stage). I didn't take any pain meds once I left the hospital (after a 1 night stay.) The doc gave me some, but I don't like pain meds. I found that a heating pad and wearing an abdominal support belt 24 hours a day helped me immensely on the discomfort. I wanted to get the pain medicine and the anasthesia out of my system as quickly as possible - and one of the reasons is I don't like how they slow down the functioning of my intestines.

Good luck with your sleeve. This forum has been a great source of support for me during this process.

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