My Gastric Bypass surgery went much better than expected

by Marlee Stuller
(Woodland, CA, USA)

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I did wake up in more pain than I expected, but with the Gastric Bypass I also had a hiatal hernia repaired. Most of the pain was due to the Co2 they fill you up with for Laparoscopic procedures. Recovery nurse provided me immediate pain medication and water to sip. Once in my room and comfortable, and with a little help from my husband, I was able to put on some loose pj pants under my gown so I could walk. I slept for a few hours, than had to urinate and went for a couple laps around the surgical ward. Belly was sore/tender due to incisions, but all liquid I took in at the hospital, ie: broth, Isopure, water, jello etc, all went down well as long as I sipped small amts at a time. I am 9 days post-op and I have been back to work for 2 days. I’ve lost about 20 lbs already. My glucose levels are almost normal. I have to admit I have a very high threshold for pain. I always have, so I attribute that to my good fortune with the procedure. I do have to admit, that eating the wrong way will catch up to you. I did eat too fast or too big of a bite and at first seemed ok, but a 1/2 hour later, I was very very uncomfortable and it took a couple hours for me to feel better. I just need to be more mindful when I am eating.

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