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Sleeve surgery but not in a hospital - dr Kim



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I think after carel is crucial.

How long after surgery do you stay at the site?

What happens if there is a surgical emergency?

What factors are leading to you pondering having your sleeve surgery there?

Think about it--long and hard.

Wishing only the best for you.

Prayers going up.

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Why are you considering this?

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I would have had no problems going home 6 hours postop, but I think I am the exception to the rule. I read so many other posts from people who can't stop vomitting, are in extreme pain, can't swallow, can't hold down liquids, etc. They stay in the hospital 2, sometimes 3 nights.

What is Dr. Kim's contingiency plan if you are one of these patients? What is his pain management protocol? How does he ensure you won't have a unexpected bleed when you get home? What if you can't hold down liquids...will he readmit you for IV fluids or are you left to fend for yourself at the ER? If it's not a real hospital with an ICU, what kind of staff/equipment does he have in case of an anesthetic emergency or if you need a blood transfusion? I had my surgery at a Center of Excellence bariatric surgical center and I did spend one night, but these are the types of questions (and about 50 others) I asked since it wasn't a hospital.

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I had my surgery on an outpatient basis - In at 6:00 am out at about 12:30 pm. (I also just had my gallbladder removed in January and it was done on outpatient as well.)

The doctor gave me his cell phone number and the office phone number. We found the nearest emergency room and mapped it out, just in case. We rented a condo so I had all the comforts of home. I was very comfortable and had no complications. I was a bit concerned at first, but when I saw how many surgeries the surgeon completed on a weekly basis, I was more at ease. He performed more surgeries in 2 months than my local doctor performed in a year. The hospital didn't release me until they knew I was OK. I could have stayed longer, but honest, I felt OK and felt I could rest more comfortably in the condo.

Do your research on your doctor and hospital. Do what makes you comfortable - if you don't feel comfortable with doing it as an outpatient, find a surgeon who will go with a 1-2 day stay. Be your own best advocate.

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I'm having my surgery done at a surgery center then getting transported to a recovery "hotel" overnight. I did my lap band out patient and went home within 6 hours so this was new to me.

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I was Sleeved 10/19/16. My MD does the Sleeve in the hospital, but as outpatient. Patients can stay if needed, but almost all patients go home the same day.

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Mine was at a surgical center. I stayed the night due to sleep apnea but for many it is outpatient.

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I understand your concern. Dr Kim did my sleeve 4 years ago. One thing I know about him is he is VERY thorough prior to surgery. He requires all patients to do cardiac testing and if you have a family history of heart problems he will make you see a cardiologist. If he feels you need a sleep study he will require it. If he wants primary care physician notes on you the office will get them. He has done over 6500 surgeries and has been in bariatrics since 2003. He would not have you go to a outpatient facility if he felt you were high risk and needed to be in a hospital setting. If you meet all criteria to be able to go home, they will allow you to go home. But the criteria is strick. You are in great hands! Dr Kim truly cares about you.

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