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I had my sleeve and hernia repair done 9/13. My surgeon has me on lovenox 40mg injection twice a day for 30 days. I called the surgeon to verify this and 30 days is correct. It just seems like a long time. Did anyone else have to do this? Thanks y’all!

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Post-op blood thinners are extremely common. Just like most things bariatric related, the duration varies from surgeon to surgeon. I'm scheduled for VSG next week and I believe my surgeon does 10 days. I would say if you have confirmed with your surgeon and have nothing indicating blood thinners would be unsafe (clotting disorder, etc.) the stay the course!

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16 minutes ago, BoyMom86 said:

Thanks Kendra! Good luck and speedy recovery!!

You too!

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I had the VSG on 18/8 and had to do injections for 10 days. My hospital roommate had a gastric bypass and she had to do 30 days of injections, so it also varies per surgery. Good luck on your recovery!

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I didn't have to do them at all (gastric bypass), but I know some people do. Probably depends on the surgeon - and maybe individual health/medical condition.

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Injections for the first 48 hours after my sleeve but only the first 24 hours with my gall removal. Had to wear the TEDS stocking things for about 4/5days after the sleeve but only for 2 days after the gall.

All surgeons have different requirements but they would take your health history into account as well as length of surgery & what was done.

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Had my sleeve completed 9/7 and my doctor has me taking Eliquis twice daily for 14 days.

It’s interesting to see how different doctors handle post op care.

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I had a couple of injections in the hospital but they stopped them because I was up walking so much. At home I took Eliquis for a couple of weeks.

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My practice does 10 days Lovenox post discharge for lower BMI patients, and 14 days post discharge for higher BMI patients like me. I really dreaded each and every one of those injections and celebrated when that last syringe was used.

I think the protocol used to be different, pre-COVID, but they mentioned that they'd seen an increase in unusual post-surgery clots during COVID (I'm not sure if this was just with bariatric surgeries - I assume it was just across the board for surgeries) and so they adjusted on the side of caution.

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I think I was twice a day for 14.

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Blood thinner shots once a day for 7 days for me after WLS.

Oh, and I also had to blow into a incentive spirometer thing they gave me 10 times every few hours for 7 days.

P.S. Now when I had my plastic surgery, I wasn't prescribed blood thinners nor did I have to blow into that thing *shrugs*. But they did put these cool automatic leg pumping compression things on (oh, I loved them) for 2 days at the hospital, and then leg compression stocking for 1 week.

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Thanks everyone for the feedback. The injections aren’t that bad, just annoying.

I am now 5 days post op and started having cramping/diarrhea. I’ve only been doing Water, Protein Shakes, and sugar free pudding. I make special care to sip slowly so I am not sure what’s going on. But it can stop any time now 😑

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