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Hello,

I was banded in 2008 and have never really lost any weight from the band specifically. I have done weight watchers and HCG to lose the weight I have but every time it comes back. My band has caused discomfort from day one and recently I have been having issues with things getting stuck more than normal and vomiting. I went to the dr who placed the band and they did all the normal test and everything seems ok. She agreed to let me convert to the sleeve. They are going to be submitting to my insurance and hoping I get approved.

Some questions I have, how long were you all out of work? I work a desk job with the option of working at home so I could do that but what could I expect to take off?

Also I have a trip to Mexico in mid February if I was to get the surgery either end of Dec (which I do not see happening) or beginning of Jan will I be ok to A. Travel and B. even enjoy my self or would I still be recouping? I do not struggle much with any surgery, I always bounce back quickly. I just want to get a general idea what I am looking at.

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I had the gastric sleeve on 11/28 2018 and I am returning to work on December 12th 2018. Today I'm 6 days post-op and I actually feel really awesome. Today is my best day. For me my only complaint is the gas and that has alleviated a lot since surgery. I don't know about traveling outside of the country and all that stuff but I will tell you as far as my experience is concerned I am recovering really well. The most important thing that you have to worry about is making sure that you stay hydrated getting all of your liquids and is extremely important.

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She say she has agreed to let you convert to the sleeve, did she have any input , ask any questions, give any kind of advice?

Do you have any symptoms of reflux? There are a lot of surgeons that will not revise from band to sleeve because of the increased risk of reflux.

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She originally had stopped and warned me about reflux but I have never really had any issues that I really knew of except very occasional heartburn after something spicy. She went and looked over my barium test and came back and said I should be fine my reflux is very minimal. (Apparently the radiologist who did the test noted mild gerd but she did not think it was an issue, which would explain why I never knew it was an issue). I had reflux as a diagnoses all over my charts because thats what I kept getting diagnosed with when I was struggling with my gallbladder.

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3 minutes ago, mrsjackson928 said:

She originally had stopped and warned me about reflux but I have never really had any issues that I really knew of except very occasional heartburn after something spicy. She went and looked over my barium test and came back and said I should be fine my reflux is very minimal. (Apparently the radiologist who did the test noted mild gerd but she did not think it was an issue, which would explain why I never knew it was an issue). I had reflux as a diagnoses all over my charts because thats what I kept getting diagnosed with when I was struggling with my gallbladder.

That would send up red flags for me. Whilst the reflux may be minimal currently it can worsen after VSG, you should probably look into RNY as well

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