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Does hernia repair during gastric bypass surgery slow down healing process?



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Hi everyone I’m about 4 weeks post-op and I feel Like the healing process has been pretty slow along with a slow weight loss. I did have some complications after surgery. One day after being released from the hospital I had to go back for pneumonia and stayed a week. During my gastric bypass surgery I also had a hernia repair. Almost 4 weeks out and I’m still feeling pretty nauseous and having lots of gas and stomach aches. I also know I’m not getting enough liquids daily it’s still a struggle. Has anyone else gone through this or something similar?

my stats:

Height: 5’9

Starting Weight: 342.2 - Surgery Weight: 310 - Current Weight: 286.6

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just as an aside, you've lost about 24 lbs in four weeks? That's actually very good. Most people seem to lose somewhere in the 15-25 lb the first month, so you're at the top of that range. Not sure what you were expecting, but that's actually an excellent loss!

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Sorry can't help with the questions around hernia repair, but I do think you expectations are too high. You've lost about 25lb in a month, I wouldn't call that slow at all, I would call that wonderful.

Have you spoken to your surgeon regarding the issues you are experiencing? If not, please do so, they know you, they know your medical history etc etc and will hopefully give you excellent guidance and support.

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I had a hernia repair at the same time as the op and have noticed that I still have a lot of gas (3 months post op). It's been getting gradually better. I don't know if it was due to the hernia repair or not?

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I had hiatal hernia repair with my bypass. I would get cramping after eating and sometimes vomit. This happened with decreasing frequency for about the first 2-3 months post-op. My surgeon’s office thought it was related to the hernia repair. I still get nauseous sometimes if I eat too much, too fast, but haven’t had the cramping/vomiting thing in 4-5 months.

Congrats on your spectacular weight loss so far! I hope the rest of your recovery goes smoothly. 😊

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I has HH repair at same time as bypass, No issues and glad it got done all at the same time. I did have an ulcer later on, but that was not related to the HH

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Thank you all for the replies. When it comes to the weight loss I just wasn’t sure if I should have been losing more which is why I mentioned it. It’s nice to know that my weight loss is on track. I’ve been working with my surgeon/ office and we’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on. I see him again this week so hopefully we can figure something out.

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4 hours ago, Dimplez90 said:

Thank you all for the replies. When it comes to the weight loss I just wasn’t sure if I should have been losing more which is why I mentioned it. It’s nice to know that my weight loss is on track. I’ve been working with my surgeon/ office and we’ve been trying to figure out what’s going on. I see him again this week so hopefully we can figure something out.

I think a lot of people base their expectations on shows like "My 600 lb Life", because we get a lot people who post about being disappointed when they "only" lost 15 or 20 or 25 lbs the first month, when that's actually pretty normal. You have to keep in mind that the people on those shows start out MUCH heavier than the average bariatric patient - and generally speaking, the higher your starting BMI, the faster you'll lose - at least for the first few months, anyway. You're doing just fine!

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