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Hey Guys my name is Rhonda and I’m new to this group. My surgery is January 03, 2018 @ 5:30 A.M. and I’m a ball of nerves right now trying to remember everything that I need to bring with me for this day. Anyone has any feedback that they could give me?IMG_0001.JPG

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Pillow to hold against your stomach in the car to get in and out after your release (buffer the seatbelt). Slippers. Biotene mouth swabs - your mouth will be dry as dust after surgery.

Ask for a scopolamine patch behind your ear for nausea - the anesthesiologist can put one one just before surgery, it lasts 3 days. For pain meds after ask for 1000mg acetaminophen in your IV, it's magic - I didn't believe it until they told me, I didn't need anything stronger than that but one time.

Good luck.

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Chapstick, loose clothing, phone/charger/earphones & eye mask is all I needed... you won’t be doing much the first day of surgery except resting and I was fortunate to leave the next day




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Pillow to hold against your stomach in the car to get in and out after your release (buffer the seatbelt). Slippers. Biotene mouth swabs - your mouth will be dry as dust after surgery.
Ask for a scopolamine patch behind your ear for nausea - the anesthesiologist can put one one just before surgery, it lasts 3 days. For pain meds after ask for 1000mg acetaminophen in your IV, it's magic - I didn't believe it until they told me, I didn't need anything stronger than that but one time.
Good luck.

Thank you!


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I hate the slipper socks that the hospital makes you wear so I brought my own slippers and my bathrobe so I could be comfortable when I walked the halls after surgery and didn't have to worry about flashing the world.

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I was outpatient so I didn’t need any of that. However if you have the scopolamine patch it gives you crazy cotton mouth so have Water for the ride home.


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11 hours ago, pinkey2018 said:

Hey Guys my name is Rhonda and I’m new to this group. My surgery is January 03, 2018 @ 5:30 A.M. and I’m a ball of nerves right now trying to remember everything that I need to bring with me for this day. Anyone has any feedback that they could give me?IMG_0001.JPG

Wishing you well! <3

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All of the above that was mentioned, especially a robe, slippers and chapstick is great. My ds was on 12/14/17, I was too focused on recovering that I didn't want anything other than strength to walk because of the gas pain. My procedure wasn't an outpatient one so I had time to get more information from the physician and nurses during my stay. I also brought a hair turban, headscarf and camera for documentary purposes...couldn't have my head looking like a wooly bully...lol. I'm sure you will be well prepared. Keep us posted on your progression!

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If you don't want to bring a robe, you can wear 2 hospital gowns. One opening in the back & the one on top opening in the front.

Good luck!

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The pillow for the car ride home is key! I had a sleeve on 10/30/17 my insurance let me stay 2 days and was amazing. It allowed me an extra day of IV fluids. The key is fluids!! You can do it!


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I'm looking for a sleeve revision to DS. I would like to hear from long term post DS patients (like 5-10 years+) What is your experience with your blood levels and health? How is your digestion? How is your energy? Do you regret having the procedure? How is the Vitamin regimen, especially B12 levels? Thanks.

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Hey Guys my name is Rhonda and I’m new to this group. My surgery is January 03, 2018 @ 5:30 A.M. and I’m a ball of nerves right now trying to remember everything that I need to bring with me for this day. Anyone has any feedback that they could give me?IMG_0001.thumb.JPG.29f44597f645be9253042c9b7cfd3121.JPG


Hey I had my surgery dec 13th all I need was my pjs robe slippers everything else they provide it for u I’m guessing depending on the hospital they gave me a emoji pillow for my stomach to help me get out of bed and move around I went into surgery 8 that morning and that afternoon they had me up walking the halls I stayed for two days and like one of the other comments if u didn’t wanna bring a robe their give u a hospital robe for the front and back and their give u mouth swaps and don’t worry bout pain their make sure your not in pain!!!!
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Hey Guys my name is Rhonda and I’m new to this group. My surgery is January 03, 2018 @ 5:30 A.M. and I’m a ball of nerves right now trying to remember everything that I need to bring with me for this day. Anyone has any feedback that they could give me?IMG_0001.thumb.JPG.29f44597f645be9253042c9b7cfd3121.JPG


Rhonda, I hope your surgery went well! Update when you can.


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