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  1. Hi guys, I haven't been on here for a while but wanted to know if any of you have had your gallbladder removed post lap and? I had mine out last night after a week in hospital with excruciating pain! Questions: Did you need to change your diet? How long before you were exercising again? Did you put on weight, I have read a fair bit of info saying people gain weight afterwards? Any general tips advice that you can share? Thanks in advance
  2. Hi All, I've just been given a date (3 September - YAY!) and now I have to organise for some support for the hospital and post-hospital time. I have a 3 yo so will need someone to look after her during the days (husband can't take time off) and expect I'll need some help too. I'd really appreciate some ideas about what to expect in terms of your experience of recovery and what was possible when. Doctors can tell you what they think, but you guys are the ones who've actually lived through it. Thanks in anticipation, RJ
  3. Dear All THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! for your kind words and messages...I cant remember my password for this site and I wasn't game enough to try and get it sorted out whilst under the influence so I asked Scoots and Chantilly to post an update from me...and thank you JouJou for posting an update - I could read all your comments and posts, I just couldn't respond!! ARGH! but it was certainly magic reading all your good wishes. Okay, here's how it went down...I turn up to the hospital to check in at 6.30 am - definitely first cab off the rank. The admitting nurse wanted to know if it was okay for a nursing student to sit in and follow me through until Friday so she could follow the process from pre-op to post-op, I agreed because I think it's valuable for students to get this experience and I am always willing to share my thoughts and experience. Poor Tony (my partner) had his head bitten a few times by me, poor darling...so from when I fronted up to when I was whisked away was fairly quick! I was kitted up and in the operating theatre holding room by 7.15am answering so many questions and the theatre staff and I were sharing our best/worst 'dad jokes', the student nurse could see the preparations in the theatre and was giving me an update...I turned down the paper undies...to my detriment because they made me take off my own undies in the operating theatre so poor Siva (the surgeon) copped an eyeful. I had the same lovely anaesthetist that I had for my lap banding so we caught up on old times, etc. At long last I was moved to the operating table and then I went to sleep. I can vaguely remember waking up and being quite 'alert' at the time and surprised everyone because I was laughing and joking apparently. I saw Dee standing there (the student nurse) and the first thing I said was 'did he do it??' and she gave me the thumbs u up, smiled and said yes...so I was really pleased and went back to sleep. They wheeled me back to my room and again I was doing pretty good! was quite awake, aware and conscious. Tony breathed a sigh of relief then went home - he looked like crap. My operation took 2 hours with another 3 in recovery. The surgeon told me the following day that he was super careful, he took his time and was super cautious because I am an ex-bandit and had 'significant' thickening at the top of my stomach which gave him difficulties. I said that I was pleased that he could do it that time, so I wouldn't have to go through this again, he said that if he couldn't do it then, he was never going to do it. WOW! I was up and walking around the ward from about 5pm or so that afternoon...so within a couple of hours of returning to my room...I was a little woozy but managed to shuffle to the end of the corridor and back again and I was happy with that, I could also take myself to the toilet which was a nice bonus. I was always told that the sooner that you are up and moving, the better and faster your recovery will be. Dee filled me in on the operation, she was excited because she got to touch my stomach (ewww!) and that it was larger than most (I wanted to say no shit Sherlock ) but she was also chuffed because Siva was explaining to her along the way, what he was doing and why and she learned a lot from the experience. On Day 2, I was feeling much better, very hungry though and only allowed to suck on ice. I had 3 bouts of nausea that night which distressed me but the nurses got me some drugs quickly. I was becoming more alert, doing more ward laps, chatting to the nursing staff especially during the graveyard shift. Basically everytime I got up to go to the loo or get some ice, I went and did a lap so they got used to my nocturnal wanderings. They could hear me coming because I was attached to the pain pump (my bestest best friend). Lots of dozing and sleeping occurred. Day 3 and I am teary and emotional. I am sick of ice, my stomach is aching because it is so empty, it's cramping and grinding, making me feel sick, and the PAIN! oh my! all I wanted was some calories!! something!! Siva had promised me he would see me on Friday and sign off allowing me to have some clear fluid...he PROMISED! At around 4 or 5pm I am beside myself, my stomach is aching, I am STARVING, I am moaning in pain, crying and wishing someone would just give me some broth!! PLEASE! So Dee saw me at my worst, I begged her and the nurse to call Siva and get me some clear fluids. They did and a tray of fluids arrived. The apple juice (my favourite juice) tasted AWFUL!!!! so I watered it down and it was fine. I slurped my way slowly through the other fluids and I was happy. Day 4 - Siva comes to see me and he is FURIOUS!! absolutely SPITTING CHIPS! He says 'you are playing with fire! you re going to give yourself a leak you know!!' he is so mad about the clear fluids the night before. I explained to him that I was so hungry and feeling so sick, etc, etc...he said 'you shouldn't feel hungry at all, there is something wrong with that' and I said well if my stomach is empty, it growls, cramps and moans and gives me serious pain...I needed help and the help I needed was some calories. He says that he never lets anyone, regardless, have calories until 3 days after the op (I'm thinking it's 12 hours earlier FFS AND he PROMISED ME that he would see me on Friday to okay some clear fluids so but anyway)...he goes on to stress to me the difficulty of my surgery, the scarring, the staples, the stretching, how leaks occur, etc, etc and I decide to be demure as I am not him and I can totally GET his concern...we ended up having a good chat about where to from here, he reminds me to slow my slurping right down and to NOT rush any meal and I am cool with that. He tells me that I am going home on Day 5 (Sunday - today!). That afternoon and evening I am still having these stomach pains, gurgling, grinding and cramping...I talk to one of the nurses about it and he said that some sleevers have this from lying down and suggested I sit up for my drinking and meals, which I did and it was much improved. I ended up sleeping, sort of, in the arm chair in my room for most of the night last night to relieve the stomach pain...I think I might have to do that for a few days until things settle down, I'll see how I go... I am home now and happy to be home, got some endone, pariet, 14 days worth of pre-filled clexane needles (yep I have to inject myself for 2 weeks - BOOOOOO) I questioned Siva about this, given that I am fit, active, upright and moving around and he was NOT going to compromise on this one...so I will suck it up and be the model patient.... I am sip, sip, sipping and feel a bit sore and sorry for myself, walk slow but feel okay otherwise!
  4. missjessiful

    5 days post-op

    Well! Today i am 5 days post-op. So far i've lost 6.5kgs in total. I had my surgery tuesday afternoon with Dr Ian Michell and his team at Essendon Private. The hospital was lovely, my night nurse was absolutely fantastic, and i left wednesday afternoon with no complications. I haven't really had any issues so far. I'm eating soup recipes from the Knife, Fork, Band book which are great, really satisfying for savory and meaty flavours without being disgusting. Pain wise, i haven't really had much of an issue. I had my tonsils out at the beginning of the year and that was much worse than the pain levels i've had with the band. They gave me anti-inflams and endone when i left the hosp, but i haven't needed the endone, and ive just been taking panadol as my team suggested. The worst pain i've been in was due to gas or overeating. Its taken a while to learn that at this point, even tea counts as a meal, so you cant have a tea ontop of soup!!! Showering, driving, sitting are all fine, the only thing that im still not ok with is sleeping on my side (which is unfortunate as im a side sleeper!) and this is ok if i prop myself up with pillows and such now. Well thats it for now, ill update again when i get back to work next week! Any questions please let me know. - Jess
  5. tishtish

    Open Surgery

    I was wondering if anyone hasn't been able to have keyhole surgery for the lap band and if so, what the recovery/pain was like with the open surgery. Also, the reason it wasn't able to be done via keyhole. I had an open cholecystectomy (gall bladder) five years ago and I've heard the recovery/pain is similar. I don't know if I can go through that again.
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