Jump to content
×
Are you looking for the BariatricPal Store? Go now!

Recommended Posts

Good morning beautiful people!

I’m scheduled for surgery TOMORROW 8/28 with an arrival of 830. Im excited, nervous and scared. I know this may be a little crazy but can you all who have had the surgery tell what I should expect? From check in, to the preop area, to going into a operating room and then waking up afterwards. I’m scared I’m going to wake up and have an anxiety attack 🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️. I know this is weird but I like to be prepared and it’s my first surgery so I’m a MESS!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

For the 1st half boredom. Nurses will perform a few tests, BP etc... You'll get stuck with an IV. I was given a nausea patch they stuck behind my ear. A lot of down time in between all of this happening. They'll wheel you to the OR ask a few pointless questions as you go night night.

2nd half will be a lot of sleeping. You'll wake up, possibly be in some discomfort and they will give you pain meds through your IV. I was in and out, probably waking every 1 to 2 hours. Nurses will come in give you more pain meds or nausea meds. I had to piss in a container so they could track how much Fluid I was letting out. Wasn't told this initially so the 1st time I had no idea why I was pissing in a giant "mug" so I dumped it in the toilet. They'll get you to start walking to help with the gas and it just repeats until you go home. Oh yeah, you'll have to swallow some nasty tasting liquid that they will watch go down to your belly to make sure all is clear then you will be allowed to sip liquids.

Not a big deal. Just a long period of rest and some boredom.

Congrats by the way and best of luck to you.

Edited by J San

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Expect gas pain (felt like terrible stomach ache and back spasms), general soreness, and fatigue. They'll probably try to get you to start sipping fluids sooner than you think you should. Do it! First few days are a little rough but not AT ALL as bad as I feared it might be. You'll probably just regret you hadn't done it sooner. :)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Auroragirl4489 said:

Good morning beautiful people!

I’m scheduled for surgery TOMORROW 8/28 with an arrival of 830. Im excited, nervous and scared. I know this may be a little crazy but can you all who have had the surgery tell what I should expect? From check in, to the preop area, to going into a operating room and then waking up afterwards. I’m scared I’m going to wake up and have an anxiety attack 🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️. I know this is weird but I like to be prepared and it’s my first surgery so I’m a MESS!

Congratulations!

I arrived at the hospital and checked in. I was taken back to the room (by myself at first) to get dressed into a gown, give my urine sample, and get settled in. Then, once I was "ready" they brought back my husband and mother. They waited with me until it was time for them to get me. I wasn't cathed so they did ask me to go again prior to wheeling me back. I was given some oral medication that I had to take with a drop of Water, and some medicine in my IV. Just remember, it's a lot of waiting. Usually they want you at the hospital 2 hours prior to when your surgery is scheduled. I was the first on the board for the day, so I actually went back earlier than anticipated. However, if you are mid morning, or mid day.... it could be a long wait. Right before they took me back, they gave me some anxiety medication which HELPED a ton, highly recommended. Honestly, it kicked in by the time I got to the operating room. I barley remember getting onto the table, so forth. It's not like the movies either, they don't tell you to count backwards... I don't remember falling asleep. I don't even remember them telling me that it was time to go to sleep.

When I woke up, I was all by myself. I knew this going into it that no family was allowed into recovery. That was a bummer. Being as though I was being admitted, as soon as I was out of recovery they wheeled me upstairs to my room, where my family was waiting. The surgery itself was 2.5 hours (I had some bleeding issues) and I was in recovery for 2 hours.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
2 hours ago, Auroragirl4489 said:

Good morning beautiful people!

I’m scheduled for surgery TOMORROW 8/28 with an arrival of 830. Im excited, nervous and scared. I know this may be a little crazy but can you all who have had the surgery tell what I should expect? From check in, to the preop area, to going into a operating room and then waking up afterwards. I’m scared I’m going to wake up and have an anxiety attack 🤦🏾‍♀️🤦🏾‍♀️. I know this is weird but I like to be prepared and it’s my first surgery so I’m a MESS!

Oh, and if you are coherent in the operating room (unlike my loopy butt!) then be prepared that it is overwhelming. There are a lot of people in there. They will just start prepping you and moving your body parts. Strapping you onto the table, so forth. Hopefully, you have good ones who communicate, but I think they behave like robots sometimes. They won't undress you until you are already under, so don't worry about modesty. Also, it is like a ice box back there. It will be freezing, but they will cover you with heating blankets.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Was originally scheduled for a 830 arrival but they called a little while ago stating to be there at 530. I have horrible anxiety this is why I’m asking to prepare myself.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My surgery experience was not much different than those mentioned above. The only thing that I wasn’t prepared for was waking up in PAIN- big time pain! I didn’t get comfortable until I left recovery and got settled into my room where I started walking and got some good pain meds. (I am convinced that the initial post op nurse wasn’t giving me the good stuff). The day after surgery I had some nausea but it was easily controlled with medication. I was discharged after 2 days and the pain and nausea were completely gone. I was weak and really tired for the first few days, but every day I felt better and got stronger.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The gas pain is the worst of it. You wont want to, but get up and walk as soon as you can. Its the only thing that really helps. You will be surprised how quickly you recover.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
All goes back to the mantra of Bariatric Pal. Walk. walk. walk, sip sip sip, move forward with these and you will,have success!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I woke up sore, but the idea of having to stay in the hospital longer than 1-day was enough to motivate me to move. When they transferred me from recovery to my room, I got up and transferred myself. The pain was there, but take it slow. The quicker you get to walking yourself (I refused a bedpan and walked to the bathroom every time). And when they tell you to drink, drink. They gave me a log and I made sure to use it. The more you do and show you can do the quicker they are to release you. I wanted to recover in the privacy of my own home.

Walking will help the gas pains, keep walking, keep drinking and log it.

You got this....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
On ‎8‎/‎27‎/‎2018 at 5:41 PM, clsumrall said:

One more day to go then surgery day on Wednesday. Getting a little rattled

How did it go? How are u feeling?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I’m feeling pretty good. Able to keep fluids up but gas pains up in n my back and shoulder so it walk walk walk sip sip sip burp burp

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I was surprised that I had my first Protein Shake last night. Opti Carmel and it was good. Total of 8 oz and 200 calories 20 Protein. Loving the ice and now @ 3:00am hot cup of tea very gentle and soothing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
6 hours ago, clsumrall said:

I’m feeling pretty good. Able to keep fluids up but gas pains up in n my back and shoulder so it walk walk walk sip sip sip burp burp

Welcome to the loser's bench!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Featured Surgeons

    1. Masoud Rezvani

      Woodbridge, Virginia 22191

    2. Lisa Medvetz

      Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335
      800-282-0066

  • Recent Topics

  • Recent Status Updates

    • GreenTealael

      I accidentally watched my old boss give a very presidential speech in his State of the State address and I almost voted for him... 😂😂😂
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • Mrs. Rob

      I am so HAPPY TODAY.... I am just 4 pounds away from my all time GOAL.  I reached my goal within 8 MONTHS!!!!!  GOING FROM 245 TO 135... YES!!!!!
      · 1 reply
      1. GreenTealael

        CONGRATS 💜

    • KimTriesRNY

      This is completely unreal but two days in a row now I have seen less than 200 pounds on the scale for the first time in over 15 years. I am a pound away from my first goal of 199 at 13.5 months post op. Time to set a new goal for the New Year!
       

      · 6 replies
      1. GradyCat

        That's wonderful! I can't wait to get back in the 100's again!

      2. abefroman329

        Way to go!

      3. GreenTealael

        CONGRATS 💜

      4. Mrs. Rob

        congratulations on reaching your first goal. :1299_raised_hands_tone5:

      5. FluffyChix

        Wooohoooo! Fantastic girlie!!!! So happy for you.

      6. View All Replies
    • GreenTealael  »  elcee

      Soon? CONGRATS 💜
      · 0 replies
      1. This update has no replies.
    • cell

      hello all i have a question i have cigna and i called them personally to ask if they cover the weight loss surgery and they told me off the bat that they do not cover weight loss surgery. my question is should i have my dr submit something in writing? 
      · 2 replies
      1. Sophie7713

        Yes, continue to fight this with Cigna! Ask what process they require for a possible review of your case? Ask your surgeon and his team to help you clarify and challenge.

        Since weight loss surgery has gained more popularity and momentum - Cigna from our experience is playing games with their patients who wish to get healthier. It is egregious that Cigna would rather pay for someone's weight related heart attack, hernia, diabetes, sleep apnea and/or other costly conditions then being pro-active! As for ourselves, we tired of jumping thru they're hoops putting off my surgery until April or May 2019 with continued ridiculous, redundant requests. Yet, we know of a colleague where Cigna was cooperative and approved without a hitch.

        Because I needed weight relief off my injured left knee when exercise and dieting were no longer effective... We made the decision to self pay and get on the road to self restoration sooner than later. I wanted to start my new year with a hope and future. For us, the Cigna mill was becoming just to stressful. And, we hold a premium policy with a reputable international corporation. They refuse to pay for vitamin regime now, too.

        Your Cigna story may be better. Not to discourage you - you may or may not have a fight. It is your health and worth fighting for. Do let me know what transpires, will you? Many best wishes for a very positive outcome.

      2. GradyCat

        I don't know anything specifically about Cigna, but maybe they were thinking about the cosmetic kind. Maybe you should have said "bariatric surgery" or asked specifically about their benefits for medically necessary bariatric surgery? I got lucky and my insurance had very good coverage and benefits for WLS and I was approved on the first request. Out of $50,000 billed for the surgery I only had to pay $600.00.

  • Trending Topics

  • Magazine Articles

    1. New Year’s Resolutions

      Posted in: Support
      Alex Brecher
    2. Go With Your Gut!

      Posted in: Mental Health
      Louisa Latela, LCSW, LCADC
    3. The Most Wonderful Time of the Year – Really!

      Posted in: Post-Op Support
      Alex Brecher
    4. Dealing with Family during the Holidays

      Posted in: Mental Health
      Ash Krupnik
  • Together, we have lost...
      lbs
    ×