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Just curious what a leak might feel like. Has anyone ever experienced it?

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Hi, Ruth. Yes, I did. It was detected on the day after my surgery while I was still in the hospital. They were reviewing my stats and found that I had a very rapid heartbeat and elevated white blood cell count, which were apparently indicators of a leak. They confirmed it by doing an x-ray while I swallowed barium.

To be honest, I didn't "feel" anything except pain from the surgery. Perhaps it was more painful than it would have been without a leak, but I didn't have any basis for comparison.

Before surgery, I was very worried about getting a leak, but it turned out not to be a big deal. They were able to repair it quite easily as soon as it was detected, and it was a relatively short procedure. I had to stay in the hospital a couple of extra days, but I it had no long-term impact. My recovery and weight loss were quite successful.

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05/25/2020 08:53 PM, Recidivist said:



Hi, Ruth. Yes, I did. It was detected on the day after my surgery while I was still in the hospital. They were reviewing my stats and found that I had a very rapid heartbeat and elevated white blood cell count, which were apparently indicators of a leak. They confirmed it by doing an x-ray while I swallowed barium.




To be honest, I didn't "feel" anything except pain from the surgery. Perhaps it was more painful than it would have been without a leak, but I didn't have any basis for comparison.




Before surgery, I was very worried about getting a leak, but it turned out not to be a big deal. They were able to repair it quite easily as soon as it was detected, and it was a relatively short procedure. I had to stay in the hospital a couple of extra days, but I it had no long-term impact. My recovery and weight loss were quite successful.


I have been experiencing massive shoulder pain that started last night. I do not have rapid heartbeat or abdominal pain at all. My surgery was May 20, 2020, I am thinking maybe I should call my doc and let him know. I also have no fever. I am walking 2 miles a day.

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20 minutes ago, Ruth D said:

I have been experiencing massive shoulder pain that started last night. I do not have rapid heartbeat or abdominal pain at all. My surgery was May 20, 2020, I am thinking maybe I should call my doc and let him know. I also have no fever. I am walking 2 miles a day.

Shoulder pain is extremely common and is related to gas that remains in your system following surgery. It doesn't sound like you need to worry about a leak. However, if the pain is particularly intense you might want to check in with your doctor.

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That's a lot of walking so early out

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On 05/25/2020 at 21:53, Superman84 said:



That's a lot of walking so early out


Really? My doc told me it was ok to get the gas out. Now I am a bit worried.

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On 05/25/2020 at 21:33, Recidivist said:






Shoulder pain is extremely common and is related to gas that remains in your system following surgery. It doesn't sound like you need to worry about a leak. However, if the pain is particularly intense you might want to check in with your doctor.


Thanks! I will call my doc in the morning anyway just for peace of mind.

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Well you're not even a week out I was too sore to walk much except around the house maybe still had a little sore for a few weeks

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4 hours ago, Ruth D said:

Really? My doc told me it was ok to get the gas out. Now I am a bit worried.

I think you should walk as much as you feel comfortable with. I wouldn't have been able to do it after six days, but the more walking the better!

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I was walking that much by day 6. I didn't have shoulder pain, but I did have a bit of a scare the first time I tried a Protein Shake and had my heart suddenly race. I had heard rapid heartbeat was a leak symptom. But then I checked the forum and found this was likely stimulation of the vagus nerve, which connects to both the heart and stomach.

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So 12 days post op of my revision from band to sleeve I woke up to a 102.9 fever. Went to ER after talking with my Dr. once I got to ER after blood work I was Being admitted and treated for Sepsis. After more testing I had a leak. I spent 6 days in the hospital had a Stent place in my stomach and the abscess removed. I’m certainly at home on day 3 with a TPN bag. Absolutely nothing by mouth and IV to keep me alive pretty much. I have a very long road to recovery.

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