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I had my revision from lap band to a bypass on Dec. 12th In Mexico, The surgery went fine and I’ve had some normal issues, nausea, left pain, and tired, nothing horrible. But going into the third week when I started puréed foods the nausea started getting really bad and my back hurt so much I literally couldn’t catch my breath. I went to my Dr who had agreed to do my follow up I the states and got a prescription for pain and nausea, he also said I needed a CT scan, which I scheduled for 5 days later. I didn’t feel it was an emergency, and the Dr said “as a precaution “ so I wasn’t in a hut.

Well, Yesterday I get a phone call to go to the hospital ASAP I had a leak! My phone call came st 2:30 and by 6:00 I was in the operating room. I was so scared, the Dr came right out and said that this is life or death, I went in for exploratory laproscopic with the understanding that he may have to open me up to find the leak. I was very fortunate that his first try was where the leak was. He flushed out the area and removed the abscess, and drained 85cc of pus from the area. He said I was very lucky it had been contained to one area.

He put a feeding tube in the part of the stomach not bypassed and I will be on a feeding tube for at least 4 weeks. I can’t even drink Water so that all the infection can heal. I also saw an infection control dr. And he put me on 3 different IV antibiotics for 3 weeks minimum. I’m in ICU now, and a little confused if I will need to stay in the hospital or will be able to have home nursing. It’s too soon to tell. But he said I could be on the hospital for up to a month. I’m really confused, I’m on a morphine pump which isn’t helping.

The Dr said leaks happen and it has nothing to do with the skill of the surgeon or following directions, which I have to a T. But leaks are a very big deal! I thought the leak would be repaired and then things go bank to normal. I never thought I would be the 1.5% to develop a leak. I’m strong and usually bounce back quickly, but this has me on my butt! And I have a very long recovery road ahead. I’m so scared the infection may spread and poison my body and I’ll die.

I guess I just needed to rant a little and make sure everyone understands you could be part of the 1 percent.

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Yikes! I am so sorry for you! I hope your recovery is uneventful from here on in.


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We hope you recover quickly! Who was your surgeon? Keep us updated on your progress, please.

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@Road Runner

We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

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I am sorry to hear of your complication, i hope you recover quickly, hugs,

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I had my revision from lap band to a bypass on Dec. 12th In Mexico, The surgery went fine and I’ve had some normal issues, nausea, left pain, and tired, nothing horrible. But going into the third week when I started puréed foods the nausea started getting really bad and my back hurt so much I literally couldn’t catch my breath. I went to my Dr who had agreed to do my follow up I the states and got a prescription for pain and nausea, he also said I needed a CT scan, which I scheduled for 5 days later. I didn’t feel it was an emergency, and the Dr said “as a precaution “ so I wasn’t in a hut.
Well, Yesterday I get a phone call to go to the hospital ASAP I had a leak! My phone call came st 2:30 and by 6:00 I was in the operating room. I was so scared, the Dr came right out and said that this is life or death, I went in for exploratory laproscopic with the understanding that he may have to open me up to find the leak. I was very fortunate that his first try was where the leak was. He flushed out the area and removed the abscess, and drained 85cc of pus from the area. He said I was very lucky it had been contained to one area.
He put a feeding tube in the part of the stomach not bypassed and I will be on a feeding tube for at least 4 weeks. I can’t even drink Water so that all the infection can heal. I also saw an infection control dr. And he put me on 3 different IV antibiotics for 3 weeks minimum. I’m in ICU now, and a little confused if I will need to stay in the hospital or will be able to have home nursing. It’s too soon to tell. But he said I could be on the hospital for up to a month. I’m really confused, I’m on a morphine pump which isn’t helping.
The Dr said leaks happen and it has nothing to do with the skill of the surgeon or following directions, which I have to a T. But leaks are a very big deal! I thought the leak would be repaired and then things go bank to normal. I never thought I would be the 1.5% to develop a leak. I’m strong and usually bounce back quickly, but this has me on my butt! And I have a very long recovery road ahead. I’m so scared the infection may spread and poison my body and I’ll die.
I guess I just needed to rant a little and make sure everyone understands you could be part of the 1 percent.

Thank God you did something right away! If you don’t mind I will pray for your continued healing and a speedy recovery. Thanks for sharing and keep your head up


**I’m losing it**

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Oh man, that stinks. So sorry for your bad luck. It sounds like you are in very good hands, and that the situation is under control. I'm so glad the infection is being aggressively addressed so the healing can begin. Stay strong.

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I am so sorry that you are so ill.

I, personally believe that it IS the skill of the surgeon. Did he tests for leaks during your surgery? My surgeon did.

I hope your recovery is very soon. ❤️

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I am sorry for the predicament that you are in. Strangely enough, I still consider you one of the lucky ones as this could have been a lot worse. Keep your head up, and you will be home in no time. Good luck in the remainder of your journey.

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I'm so sorry you are going through all this! Wishing you a speedy recovery! Hugs...

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Dannnngggg! @Road Runner I'm so sad to hear of your struggles and this life-threatening complication. ((hugs)) We never think it can happen to us! Sending huge prayers that your body is strong and you will continue to be able to fight the infection. It's a heller way to lose weight, huh? Take things 1 day at a time and the healing will go much quicker.

TG for your state-side doc who was on top of it all!

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