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Hey everyone. I haven’t wrote anything note awhile. I’ve been hyper focused on making life long changes. Today I went for my appt and was told I’ve completed everything needed for authorization. They have recommended the sleeve with HH repair. I feel good and very nervous. Now for questions…

1. Those with Tricare, any issues with approval?

2. VSG and HH repair… what are the good and bad; if you’ve had it done?

3. How long were you out of work for recovery?

Thank you all for you answers. They are greatly appreciated.

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Good Gastric sleeve works, bad about sleeve and HH is the first couple of days are painful. The sleeve made it so I felt everything I swallowed, some stuff hit stomach like a knife. HH caused deep breaths to hurt and the hiccups were super painful, only good thing about HH is the hiccup was usually one isolated and the pain went away . The sleeve pain improvement has increased every day. I just had sleeve 10/21. By day 4 with lots of walking those other days I started to feel human. Now Day 8 I feel great, a little stinky but feel great. You are going to be so happy with your surgery I know I am.

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The first couple days weren’t fun but by a week after I was feeling great. My birthday was 12 days after my VSG with HH repair and I was laughing, spending time with family, driving and doing all my normal things. I could’ve easily gone back to work 3 weeks post op but took extended time off to have screws removed from my knee 45 days after my VSG so was out of work for a total of about 8 weeks.

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Oh wow. I am going to try and see if I can work remote while I recover. Currently what I do, it can be done at home from my bed; I don’t have to be in the hospital for that. If they agree to it, I will come back to work when I’m on soft food. I am definitely anticipating pain from the surgical site and referred pain. I am starting to prepare my family for how I need them to help me.

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