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I'll be having my gastric sleeve surgery on Sunday July 14th in Mexico. The pain medication that they will be giving me is Ketorolac which is an NSAID. I've heard that NSAIDS should be avoided after sleeve surgery. Should I take this medication?

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I'm not a medical professional, but if it were me, I would stay away from NSAIDS --for life!

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My surgeon told me the only OTC pain reliever I could take is Tylenol (for life)!

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I take ibuprofen 800 prescribed to me by my bariatric NP . Sleeve patients here can take it, but not by pass patients.

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Toradol (Ketorolac) use among gastric surgeons varies, but it can be a great option for immediate post operative pain control. Because it is non-narcotic, it doesn’t cause the drowsiness that effects breathing or cause constipation. To minimize risks of ulcers or kidney issues, I wouldn’t take more than 3-4 doses of Toradol during the course of your hospital stay. It is given IV form every 6-8hrs, so nothing for your stomach to absorb. If you require pain medication, the risks of Toradol in my opinion are far less then narcotics, but again it may be surgeon specific and only if you don’t have pre-existing kidney issues and/or a history of gastric ulcers. Do not take NSAIDS (Advil, Motrin, Aleve) by mouth at home without doctor approval however, Tylenol only. Tramadol is an oral pain medication option you may want to ask your doctor about if you are concerned about ulcers, but don’t want the drowsiness and constipation side effects of traditional narcotics like Oxycodone or Hydrocodone.

https://www.soard.org/article/S1550-7289(17)30704-9/abstract

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On 7/7/2019 at 2:30 PM, 303nursemom said:

Toradol (Ketorolac) use among gastric surgeons varies, but it can be a great option for immediate post operative pain control.

I'm a medical professional and totally agree with you...my postop patients do fantastic with Toradol and I've given it for years with great results.

But....I couldn't get my bariatric surgeon to agree to let me have it...so disappointed! I tried to convince him that since it was given IV it wouldn't affect my stomach, but he still wouldn't do it. Luckily I had very little postop pain.

Unfortunately ibuprofen is the only med that helps me with pain...Tylenol does nothing. I used to get many headaches but since surgery I've only had a couple that didn't need meds.

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My ketolorac was a sublingual tablet so avoided irritating the stomach tissue. I am assuming that if your surgeon is prescribing it, he or she has weighed the benefits vs the risks. If you are concerned you should ask about it.

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Just now, Carrunda webb said:

What type of pain medications are approved after the surgery.

I was given liquid hydro

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16 minutes ago, Carrunda webb said:

Ok so where you able to walk afterwards? and how long was your stay.

Yes I could walk just fine and left the next morning.

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On 07/11/2019 at 22:34, Carrunda webb said:



Ok so where you able to walk afterwards? and how long was your stay.


My surgery was done in Birmingham, AL as an outpatient. After surgery, I spent the night in a nearby hotel and the nurse came by and checked on me and then I saw the doctor the next morning before going home. (Surgery on Thursday returned to work on Monday)
I didn’t have issues with pain and never took any pain medication.
Best decision ever! (Surgery April 2018, down 80lbs)

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