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Hi All,

I am back! :) I am having my Lapband removed. The port has been an issue. I’m having the band removed and vertical sleeve revision on the same day, February 2, 2023.

I have been dealing with Fibromyalgia since 2014 and take three different medications for it. The meds just for my fibromyalgia number 12 throughout the day. If I don’t take these fibromyalgia meds I cannot get up out of bed and function. And I work full time.

I asked my Bariatric doctor can I still take my meds right after surgery and he said I could with liquid. 😱

Those 12 fibromyalgia pills, doesn’t include all the other meds I am on and the pain pills he will prescribe. Some of the pills cannot be crushed and some cannot even be taken with food. I feel like I am going to have an issue with all the meds and fluids, and God help me me if I have any strictures.

I take a total of 15 pills a day, so I would like to hear from people who had a vertical sleeve and lots of pills/meds they had to take everyday during the first four weeks of their surgery.

Thanks!

TQ

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strictures are pretty rare with sleeve (about 5% of bypass patients get them - not sure of the percentage of sleevers, but suffice it say, although not unheard of, it's very uncommon).

I didn't have sleeve (I had bypass), but the PA at my clinic said we could probably handle any pill that was the size of a pencil eraser, or smaller. He was right. I was able to swallow all pills except for two as soon as I got home from the hospital. One of them was split-able. The other one the PA said I could wait on for a couple of weeks, so I did - at the end of that period, I was able to swallow it.

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I spoke with a pharmacist. They said that all of my meds could either be opened or crushed - or straight-up swallowed because they were small enough.

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