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Just got my surgery date! Please share any words of wisdom you can about surgery day and your recovery. My surgery is on a Monday. Expected hospital stay is 1 night. Any advice on how many days I will need round the clock care? And for those who have done the Robar diet ahead of surgery please share your fav foods and the worse one. TIA!

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You don't necessarily need someone but the help is nice. Hardest part for me was sleeping. Recliner was to hard to get in and out of. I ended up using body pillows in bed and basically slept inclined until i could move my stomach muscles without to much pain. If you are doing robatds my Dr had me on it for 2 weeks before. Avoid the Soups they suck. I did the premade chocolate for work. Want a fan of the berry mixes. Do grab the Protein Bars and pudding. You'll be sucking down alot of Water as its not easy and I was hungry. Last thing I said to dr before surgery was to hurry up and get it over with so I could stop starving lol

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Let me tell you this. The doctors are going to PUSH to get you out of there in one day but speak up if you don't feel comfortable leaving the day after surgery. I was hesitant to go home so soon and my Dad told me to be honest and tell them I wasn't ready and I'm glad I did. I barely even remember that day after surgery and don't think I would have been comfortable at home. Plus being at the hospital the extra day helped me get my pain under control better for when I left for home.

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When I came home I did quite a bit for myself to stay moving. Key while in hospital is walking as many laps as possibly allowed. That will help with recovery! Best of luck.

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You will need zero days of “round the clock care”.

After surgery you will have limits on bending and twisting activities. You will have a weight limit of what the surgeon does not want you to lift. So depending on your home situation you may need help with some basic things around the house.

Congrats and good luck!

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I honestly felt worse with root canals and having all 4 wisdom teeth extracted and then walking 2 miles in the ☔ rain. Why did I walk home in the rain? Couldn't find anyone to drive me, was about half the age I am now and like Travis Tritt, I was" 10 feet tall and bulletproof", Would I do it again? No way I have 2 artificial knees, too many years of playing catcher, I'm twice as old, smarter? Now that is debatable, and besides I developed dry sockets. Now THAT is a miserable occurance.
But post-surgery pain? Somewhere between too many sit-ups and pist-partum pain, closer to the first. And that's at its worst, just remember while you were asleep someone was in with an eggbeayer but things do settle down soon. And a new better life start an and I know it is worth all the inconvenience for the gains you receive.

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My surgery date is 10/29 also. I start a liquid diet Monday. I'm starting to get nervous... My surgeon keeps patients for 2 nights, and sometimes 3 depending on activity, pain management, and reaction to liquid diet.

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Thanks for all the tips and well wishes guys! Just picked up my robar and skipped the Soups :). Never even thought of asking to stay another night if I did not feel I was ready so nice to know. Met with my surgeon yesterday and was surprised to hear that most folks don't need narcotics for pain and since other surgeries I have had did (like rotator cuff repair) then this must be easier than that :)

Fluttetbybj - congrats and it is normal to feel nervous just remember why you started this journey and do not 2nd guess yourself.

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I just had surgery on Tuesday afternoon. Got to my room at 6pm, up to the bathroom at 8pm, walked the hall with a tech at 5am, given the ok to walk by myself after that, made many laps around the hospital floor. Doc came it at 2pm and asked if I felt ready to go home, I said yes. I was discharged about 5pm, got home 5:30. I live alone and have done well. So far, I have had no pain.

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