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Wrap your head around the whole thing. Any issues you may have, will pass quickly. I cant believe I'm almost six weeks out. Concentrate on doing exactly what they tell you to do. Congratulations and good luck!!!

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Yay for a date! It will be here before you know it! I’m only post op day 2, but my biggest advice is just listen to your surgeon’s guidelines and listen to your body!

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Congrats on getting a date on the books. Welcome to the new year in a new year!

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I'm 3 weeks post op and this is what worked for me.

If the hospital doesn't give you one, make sure to have an abdominal binder! I never had surgery before and I lived in my binder for the first week. Having that extra support helps with walking.

Also get good reusable ice packs on Amazon. I got ones that covered my whole stomach and they were life savers!

Make sure you have a good amount of pillows to prop yourself up at night. It just feels better to be on an incline than to lay flat (at least for me it was). I got a big u-shaped maternity pillow that helped keep me on my back because I'm a side sleeper. Also the first two nights I sleep on our recliner.

Don't wait to take your pain meds. This goes for in the hospital as well as at home.

Everyone says this but walk, walk, walk. It helps break up the monotony of being in the hospital. At the same time, don't feel bad about sleeping. I had constantly read how people walked seemingly all the time post-op. I think I did 3-4 loops over a few hours and then tucked in for the night. When you're not walking always make sure you have your calf pumps on to keep the blood moving.

Sip sip sip! Glue your water bottle to you! I went in for fluids about 13 days after because I was very dehydrated. I walked a lot when drinking on the beginning because it felt better and seemed to go down faster.

Have a pillow to put over your stomach for the car ride home. I constantly had my pillow over my stomach for 2 weeks because it was a comfort and also so I could text easier since I rest my arms on my stomach when texting.

Lotion and lip balm are life!

Most importantly, know that you will experience a lot of different emotions during recovery. I scoffed at this but sometimes I feel like a teen with my mood swings.

Finally, give yourself grace and try to stay as positive as possible. It will be tough, but every day you'll wake up feeling a little better than yesterday and with more energy!

Try not to play the comparison game too much. I got myself all worked up in the beginning because I wasn't where others were. I recover slower than others and that's okay. It's not a race. Listen to your body.

I wish you the best of luck and a fantastic surgery and recovery! Seeing the weight loss every day is such a motivator and helped me get through the tough days. You got this!

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I'm 3 weeks post op and this is what worked for me.

If the hospital doesn't give you one, make sure to have an abdominal binder! I never had surgery before and I lived in my binder for the first week. Having that extra support helps with walking.

Also get good reusable ice packs on Amazon. I got ones that covered my whole stomach and they were life savers!

Make sure you have a good amount of pillows to prop yourself up at night. It just feels better to be on an incline than to lay flat (at least for me it was). I got a big u-shaped maternity pillow that helped keep me on my back because I'm a side sleeper. Also the first two nights I sleep on our recliner.

Don't wait to take your pain meds. This goes for in the hospital as well as at home.

Everyone says this but walk, walk, walk. It helps break up the monotony of being in the hospital. At the same time, don't feel bad about sleeping. I had constantly read how people walked seemingly all the time post-op. I think I did 3-4 loops over a few hours and then tucked in for the night. When you're not walking always make sure you have your calf pumps on to keep the blood moving.

Sip sip sip! Glue your water bottle to you! I went in for fluids about 13 days after because I was very dehydrated. I walked a lot when drinking on the beginning because it felt better and seemed to go down faster.

Have a pillow to put over your stomach for the car ride home. I constantly had my pillow over my stomach for 2 weeks because it was a comfort and also so I could text easier since I rest my arms on my stomach when texting.

Lotion and lip balm are life!

Most importantly, know that you will experience a lot of different emotions during recovery. I scoffed at this but sometimes I feel like a teen with my mood swings. [emoji23]

Finally, give yourself grace and try to stay as positive as possible. It will be tough, but every day you'll wake up feeling a little better than yesterday and with more energy!

Try not to play the comparison game too much. I got myself all worked up in the beginning because I wasn't where others were. I recover slower than others and that's okay. It's not a race. Listen to your body.

I wish you the best of luck and a fantastic surgery and recovery! Seeing the weight loss every day is such a motivator and helped me get through the tough days. You got this!

Sent from my SM-G988U1 using BariatricPal mobile app


What a great post. Thank you so much for the advice. I have heard the no one is really as ready as they think they are. I want to be as prepared and successful as possible! Congrats on your own surgery! May you have great success as well!

Sent from my SM-T500 using BariatricPal mobile app

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Congrats to you! I am hoping to have a date very soon. My doctor sent in my paperwork on the 23rd so hopefully within the next week or so. I’m just really hoping I get that authorization. My surgeon said I had a good chance of getting a quick response so please please please let me get a date!

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