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Today is my first day posting so forgive me if I don’t get the lexicon right the first time.

Surgery Date: March 5, 2018

Starting Weight: 261

Surgery Day Weight: 250

Today’s Weight (Week 1): 241

I had a 90 day program working with a dietician and completing all of the pre-operative testing culminating in a 3 day liquid diet prior to surgery. The first day of the liquid diet was hard, but the excitement of my upcoming surgery made the other two days fairly easy.

I arrived at the hospital last Monday morning at 5:45 am and was wheeled into surgery at 7:45 am. I don’t remember much of that first day but I was up and walking that afternoon and evening. I was sore and there was pain but it was managed with Roxycodone every 3-4 hours (as long as my blood pressure didn’t drop too low - overnight, I had to wait 6 hours between doses as my BP had dropped below 100 systolic.

Day 2 at the hospital was filled with trying to get my fluids in and trying to get the gas out! The pain I was experiencing was mostly related to my abdomen being bloated with gas as a result of the laparoscopic procedure. I was successful on the former (sip, sip, sip!) but woefully unsuccessful on the latter. (In retrospect, I wish I would have walked more that second day.)

I was released by noon on day 3 and recovered the rest of the week at home. Below are just a few things that I’ve learned. Please share some of the things you’ve learned as well wherever you are in your journey and let’s help set expectations and share great ideas!

1. When you begin your Protein Shakes, your bowels will start moving again! I called my Drs office panicked because I pooped! (A bit scary after not pooping for almost a week!)

2. For me, I was unable to lay on my side until Day 6 comfortably. I used a comfy recliner most nights which prevented me from trying to toss and turn from side to side (I’m a side sleeper)

3. sugar free popsicles are great!

4. I don’t know if this will last, but my taste for broth has changed. Pre-surgery - and for my whole life - I have loved beef and chicken broth. But now, I can’t stand it.

5. You will get bored on the all liquid diet post op. Look for things you can combine. On my plan, I was allowed coffee. The Protein shakes I found to be quite chalky in my mouth. On Day 5 I combined the two, using my flavored Protein Shake as a “creamer” to my coffee. It was warm and delicious and now the only way I get in my protein shake.

6. Listen to your pouch. The one thing you don’t want to do is pop the pouch. The staples need at least 3 weeks to fully heal so follow your surgeon/dietician’s program exactly. No cheating! Two tips my surgeon gave me - if you hiccup, you’ve overfilled - and if you want to clear your pouch sooner, stand up very straight for a few minutes to help facilitate drainage through the small intestine.

7. You will get tired easily - so push yourself but don’t overdo it. I started out walking throughout my house the first few days, up and down the stairs, went outside on Saturday and walked up and down the driveway, and finally went out to a few stores with my husband yesterday. I did okay at the grocery store until we went to check out. All of a sudden I was super tired. When we went to Home Depot to pick out a barn door, I found a chair to sit in while my husband picked up a few things before meeting me in the door section. I was ok walking back to the car but was tired the rest of the evening. Take it slow.

Today starts Week 2 and I get to add applesauce, yogurt, mashed potatoes and oatmeal. It’s nice to have something warm and chewy in my mouth again.

I will continue to post updates and invite all other March surgery dates to join.

Thanks,

Roxine

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Hi Roxine thank you for sharing your journey. Glad to hear you are well on your way to recovery & a better & healthier lifestyle.

I had revision bypass on March 9th. The surgery went flawless however my stomach is super swollen due to what I'm hoping is from the gas. It's a bit uncomfortable to say the least. I'm hoping the swollen goes down before I go back to work on the 19th. I fly back home from TijuanaX tomorrow where I will continue to recoup.

I'm still on clear liquid diet for the next 2 weeks. I Just ordered me LonoLife Grass Fed Beef & chicken broth from Amazon. It has 10g of Protein & comes in little packets, this will surely help me get my protein in.

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Hi Roxine thank you for sharing your journey. Glad to hear you are well on your way to recovery & a better & healthier lifestyle.

I had revision bypass on March 9th. The surgery went flawless however my stomach is super swollen due to what I'm hoping is from the gas. It's a bit uncomfortable to say the least. I'm hoping the swollen goes down before I go back to work on the 19th. I fly back home from TijuanaX tomorrow where I will continue to recoup.

I'm still on clear liquid diet for the next 2 weeks. I Just ordered me LonoLife Grass Fed Beef & chicken broth from Amazon. It has 10g of Protein & comes in little packets, this will surely help me get my protein in. I will start on protein broth and shakes next week this week I will continue to focus on get my Fluid that includes 64 oz of Water. I like to add Crystal Light to my water it makes it easier for me to drink.

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I am also a march RNYer! Getting super excited! My surgery is next week (March 20th)


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Hi Roxine thank you for sharing your journey. Glad to hear you are well on your way to recovery & a better & healthier lifestyle.
I had revision bypass on March 9th. The surgery went flawless however my stomach is super swollen due to what I'm hoping is from the gas. It's a bit uncomfortable to say the least. I'm hoping the swollen goes down before I go back to work on the 19th. I fly back home from TijuanaX tomorrow where I will continue to recoup.
I'm still on clear liquid diet for the next 2 weeks. I Just ordered me LonoLife Grass Fed Beef & chicken broth from Amazon. It has 10g of Protein & comes in little packets, this will surely help me get my protein in. I will start on protein broth and shakes next week this week I will continue to focus on get my Fluid that includes 64 oz of Water. I like to add Crystal Light to my water it makes it easier for me to drink.


Hi and welcome!

Yes, the swelling is primarily gas and will go down within a week. I made the mistake of weighing myself when I got home and I had gained like 7 pounds from surgery date! But it was all fluids (IV) and GAS!

Walk walk walk as much as you can. Make sure to keep up your fluids. And remember to rest and relax during these next 7 days before returning to work.

I started back today (7 days Post-Op) bit have the luxury of teleworking this week. I plan on returning to the office next Monday.





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I am also a march RNYer! Getting super excited! My surgery is next week (March 20th)





Hi and welcome! Congratulations and I wish you an uneventful surgery and easy (relative) recovery with no complications.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.


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18 minutes ago, Roxine said:


Hi and welcome!

Yes, the swelling is primarily gas and will go down within a week. I made the mistake of weighing myself when I got home and I had gained like 7 pounds from surgery date! But it was all fluids (IV) and GAS!

Walk walk walk as much as you can. Make sure to keep up your fluids. And remember to rest and relax during these next 7 days before returning to work.

I started back today (7 days Post-Op) bit have the luxury of teleworking this week. I plan on returning to the office next Monday.




Thank you Roxine for the words of encouragement. Yes I plan on doing plenty of walking over the course of the next 7 days so that I can get rid of this gas.

As far as weighing myself when i get home tomorrow I want be doing that BC I can tell I will tip the scale due to how swollen I am. I'm going to try my best to wait & weigh myself @ the end of my 2 weeks clear liquid period. Finger crossed😁

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34 minutes ago, Saranimal83 said:

I am also a march RNYer! Getting super excited! My surgery is next week (March 20th)

Hi Saranimal23 I wish you all the best on your journey & making it to the loser side. You will have a great support system on this forum. Please keep us updated on your progress!!!

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Hi Saranimal23 I wish you all the best on your journey & making it to the loser side. You will have a great support system on this forum. Please keep us updated on your progress!!!

Thank you! I will certainly!


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Hey that’s great news. My surgery is this Friday!!!





Hi and Welcome!

I wish you the very best this Friday and a speedy recovery. Please let us know if you have any questions/concerns and let us know how you’re doing once you’re up to it post op.


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Calling all March gastric bypass surgery victors! Let’s take this journey together!


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Hello everyone, my first day here, been reading, getting to know some of you through your posts, my surgery was 3/2/18, I’ve had minor complications but won’t let that put me down. Life is complicated already, LOL- when I decided to do this my husband wasn’t thrilled, not on board, week before surgery he totally got it and took 2 wks off just to be next to me, I’m so thankful for that! I’ve had a wound infection, leaking, etc


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