Hi Louisa, I was sleeved back in June and I admit I was terrified going in for surgery. I was categorized and high risk and I thought I would have a heart attack on the table. Obviously I didn't and I don't regret the decision what so ever. Someone I know who has had several very big surgeries said to me, there is nothing you can do apart from be as fit as possible before hand. You will be asleep throughout and will know know about anything happening. It seems pretty frightening, but ultimately I had to give myself over into the hands of the experts. I did ask the surgeon was I doing the right thing and he answered emphatically that I was and then backed it up with graphic A4 coloured pictures after the surgery was over. That was pretty confronting let me tell you. My insides and my stomach and all the internal fat. walk as much as you can, eat as healthy as you can and be as fit as you can for the surgery, that is your job and the rest is up to the experts.
I also experienced what felt like hunger pains after the surgery and was surprised because everyone said I would not feel hungry. the surgeon was not concerned about it. I also experienced the trickling sensation that Denzel describes and still do infact. I think that may be air bubbles or something, but it was never "painful" and I always feel better after it. The first time I ate too much felt like I had food wanting to come back up (not as a vomit) but more just as foam and mucous and it was very unpleasant until my stomach was able to digest things. I didn't feel much pain, more just feeling stuffed half way back up to my esophagus. Sounds gross but that is the only way I can think to describe it. I also find sometimes if I have one spoonful too much I feel slightly nauseous for a while after as well.
The main thing at this early stage is to stick to the amounts that your surgeon and nutritionist are recommending so as to give your stomach plenty of time to heal. And if anything doesn't feel right, speak to the Surgeon straight away.
I have 5 holes, scars. the biggest is on my right side which is about 5cms long. The one just under my breasts in the middle is almost completely invisible The are very thin lines, still bright purple, but I was done in June. If it is anything like my thyroidectomy the scars will turn white between 6 months to a year. I was thinking of getting a tattoo round the biggest one
Hi Fi, I had my gastric sleeve in June this year and am now 40kgs down. It was scary going through the operation and preparing all the things I needed for when I came home. But it was over so fast and only 2 days in hospital I didn't really have time to be scared in the end. An aunt of mine once said to me after she had major surgery, "you are asleep for it all so you aren't going to feel anything". All I can say is ask all the questions you can, even the ones you think are silly, get your broth and soups ready and frozen so when you come out of hospital there is nothing for you to do except microwave it. Buy some Miso soup packets because it is nice to have a different flavour and get your washing and cleaning done so there is nothing you need to worry about.
Great to hear you are doing so well. But do take care, you have internal stitches and you don't want to give yourself a hernia after the surgery. I am now 4 months post op and I can drink mouthfuls of water, but I have learned my limit. I used to be able to skull a whole bottle of water but those days are long gone. I particularly dislike not being able to have a sip of something while I am eating. But you just have to take time and see what feels comfortable. Right now you stomach is healing and so take it easy on it. I also slept with a pillow propped up next to my stomach and it was some time before I could sleep on my belly like I prefer. Even lying on my side was hard work for a few weeks. But it goes by really fast. You will see
Well done Hulk. You are so brave to go back after the first time. I am so glad you came through well. As Denzel said, just take care of yourself, follow the doctor's instructions and don't worry about the weightloss. Before you know it you will be a new you
My pre op diet was 2 weeks of: Optifast 3 times a day. I was also allowed to eat from approved vegetables. Celery, Capsicum, lettuce, tomato, garlic, mushrooms all low calorie healthy veg. No potato or peas etc. up to 6 cups a day.I was also told to have 1 teaspoon per day of oil to help prevent issues with gallbladder as such a low fat diet can cause problems.On top of that I was also allowed to have Lite Jelly as a treat if I was still hungryI could not have meat, fish, eggs or anything other than stated above.I lost 9 kilos in 2 weeks before surgeryHope that is clear
I found it was good to change between the Optifast soup, bars and shakes. I also made cauliflower rice and turned it into fried rice with vegies and a little soy sauce. I used my 1 teaspoon of oil per day so I could do that. Or made stir fry vegies. Roasted tomatoes with garlic. fresh Asparagus. Lots of different things with vegies.. I was also allowed Jelly.
Congratulations Larnie, you sound like you are well on track and doing good. You will improve every day and feel great pretty soon. Working Mum and Hulk I wish you both all the best for your surgery. It's scary, and stressful, but they are so professional and handle everything very smoothly. You guys will be out the other side in no time. Don't forget to let us know how you are doing. Cheers
Hey Iron Man, you could be Iron Man 2 like the movies lol. But anyway, good on you for taking this step, I am sure you are going to do great. It's a long road but you have already done amazing with weight loss and your preparations so I know you are on the right path to be successful.