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Hi everyone, I'm banding on Friday July 12th at Sydney Adventist Hospital (I hope nothing goes wrong just because Im an athiest!)

 

This has been a deeply personal journey for me, and one which - surprisingly - has led to a lot of shocking judgement from others. ("Why, that's the easy option?", "Oh come on, just train harder", "It's because you don't eat well enough.") Well duhhhh.   :huh:

 

By day, I'm a Company Director, and travel quite a lot for work with global clients. But at night, I'm secretly terrified and equally excited at the journey that lies ahead as a bandit!

 

I can't wait! I've battled with the weight for 15 years and I know the lap band will be a wonderful tool for me.

 

So I'm joining on here for support and to listen, and to share my experience in the hope that we can all learn from one another.

 

:D

 
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Hi again Kiwizoo,

Let me know how you go at the SAN. I'll be there on the 25th. Have you started your Optifast? Dr Taylor said to just do a week but I'm thinking I'll do 2 just to give myself a head start.

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Hi,

I am getting banded on the 17th at Concord, under Dr Taylor. I am nervous but excited!

I hope everything goes well for your operation!

Best of luck

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Hi Maxieb - I have to do a week on it. Started the other day, and it's OK (as in 'not delicious') but to be honest I feel the excitement is carrying me through. What is a few days of liquid dieting when there's a lifetime ahead of a better life I say! I'll keep you posted on developments though. @Pottise - same thing, let me know how you go too!

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Hi Kiwizoo,

Just at my desk having a yummy (?!?!?) chocolate shake and thought I would come on here and wish you luck for tomorrow.

Hope everything goes well :) :) :)

Let me know how you go.........

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I'm in tomorrow for my band... Starting to get nervous but looking forward getting it done.  Good luck to you Kiwizoo and to me :) 

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Wrote this in another topic, but wanted to share with you guys too:

 

Hi everyone - was banded yesterday at the SAN @ 9am by Dr Craig Taylor from the OClinic in North Sydney. Thought I'd put down some thoughts now that I'm back home. Overall, it was a wonderful experience - the staff are wonderful and I was well looked after. I was nervous going in, as I was on my own, but they put me at ease. I waited in the waiting area, then someone at reception double checked my paperwork and asked me to sit down again. 10 minutes later, I was called to the Day Surgery preperation ward, where you basically strip down and get the (very fetching) one piece dress to wear (wether you are a man or a woman, i'm a man!)

 

After 30 minutes, a nurse came in and read me the same questions everyone asked, 'name, DOB, what you in for etc.' they do this to ensure you are you at every stage of the operation, right up until surgery. Another nurse shaved my tummy - and I was good to go. A porter then wheeled me up to the theatre waiting area. I waited here, dozing off, for about 30 minutes. I was then wheeled into the pre-op room to meet Mr Kumar the anaesthetist. They put a needle in my arm (missed the first time, OUCH! How come the rest of me is so fat and I have thin veins!) but once it settled the second time, no issues. 

 

Dr Taylor came bounding through and remarked that I had a big smile on my face - I told him that this was like Christmas for me and after a lot of personal pain and depression around body size, this was he beginning of my new life. He gave me a high five and ten minutes later I was wheeled in to surgery.

 

I have never been for an operation before, so I was fascinated. The team relaxed me and Mr Kumar told me that once he'd fastened me up to all sorts of tubes and wires, I was getting something to make me sleep. And...3 seconds later - although it was actually 40 -  I woke up in surgery and the lap band was DONE and the operation a success. They then quickly took me to the recovery room.

 

I had a little tightening across the tummy when I woke - I could tell someone had been down there - but nothing SERIOUS in terms of pain. You are pretty drowsy by this stage. but in a nice way - it's a sort of twilight zone and you can sleep pretty peacefully. However they did give me some pain relief which was nice. After an hour, they were ready to transfer me to my room. I met the physio and he walked me up and down the corridor a couple of times and I felt really good about how easy it was to move.

 

At 2pm I was pretty much wide awake and bursting for a pee, so the nurse gave me a bottle. Phew! That felt GOOD. I was surprised that I felt quite hungry too! Not for food, but felt like something nourishing. So they gave me a cup of tea (remember this is only a few hours poste surgery - and told me to SIP very slowly. I sipped about a litre of water over the afternoon. At no point did the pain levels feel more than 5 out of 10. My head felt a bit swimmy, but but otherwise I was feeling really good. Dinner came at 6.30 and consisted of a hot clear broth, a Sustagen drink and some apple juice. This was plenty - and took me about 3 hours to get through. They gave me a painkiller before I went to bed at 9.30 and I slept pretty well (albeit with 2 blood pressure checks overnight.) Had breakfast this morning and after some meds from the hospital phramacy went home. They gave me painkillers and junior panadol - I asked for the junior as upstairs, when I tried the soluble ones, they were quite fizzy and made me burp - and gave pain! The normal ones felt too big so I asked for the junior syrup and you have to have about 6 teaspoons to reach the adult dose! Big baby, yeah I know....)

 

So this morning - 24 hours later - how does it feel? A bit more tender actually. And it hurts when I burp or cough. But this is pretty major surgery and I'm gentle on myself (as you need to be with yourselves). But I'm happily siting here at my computer, having made a cup of tea and I'll have some gentle walks and get back into Game of Thrones, which I've only just discovered.

 

But I could not be happier. I've worked so hard to deal with all my life issues - mental as well as physical ones - and this one for me is the final hurdle. And I DO think it will change my life as I'm so ready for it. 

 

Sorry about the long post - I just wanted to provide detail if anyone wanted it. I'll keep you posted on my progress and look forwards to reading yours. 

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Well home just before lunch today. Had the band done about 6 pm on Friday evening. Ended up having a hiatus hernia fixed along with some major scarring removed. So feeling a tad sore but generally well. As Kiwizoo says burping hurts but the end seems to be doing fine. Walking around slowly. Had a banana smoothie for lunch, was nice.

Supposed to have 2 weeks off then light duties.

Will keep checking in to see how you are doing.

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That's GREAT new Gunner - congratulations to you! And it's brilliant that they got the hiatus hernia, once healing starts you will notice a big difference apparently. Take it easy and keep me posted on what's happening as we were actually done the same day - 12 hours apart. I also posted this earlier on in another post, might be good for you to know:

 

Day 3 - Well the pain crept up on me last night just before bed at 11pm. I was thinking it was all a bit too much like plain sailing! However, I took an Endomol (which were provided by the hospital) and that really settled me down. The feeling was one of severe bloating and swelling, and a couple of 'kicking' pangs that freaked me out a bit. The pain started to subside and I slept until 3am, when I got up for a pee (seem to be peeing a lot, but this is good - keep the fluids up!). The pain was perhaps worst at this point; to be honest, if I hadn't read the forums, I think I might have panicked a little - as it felt very tight and the amount of noise coming from my tummy felt like there was a factory churning out a production line in there...took another Endomol and went back to bed. It was a struggle getting up and down, and I was really paranoid that I might be stretching or ripping something! But I think this feeling is normal.

 

Lying down on my back was OK, as was my non-access port side. I slept for a solid 4 hours this way. This morning, had a shake for brekky and some liquid panadol. I walked the dog (gently) and even went into Sydney QVB to pick up some CDs I'd ordered. Again, I just took my time, enjoyed the fresh air and felt myself glow a little knowing this was only Day 3 of my new life. Even had a cup of tea in a local cafe. My one trouble point is the burping which really HURTS! I keep thinking I am going to somehow damage the lap band, and so I try and stifle it and this seems to make things worse! Wondering if everyone has experienced this? My friend who's a GP kept telling me that although it's a relatively small procedure- the nature of it means they're pulling bits of your organs around! So be gentle on yourself.

 

It's 5pm now and I'm sipping a Protein Shake; and I got my first shoulder pangs - not bad - but I still got a bit of a startle! Feels like a little electric shock going through your shoulder blade. These are pretty intermittent and not constant, so with the painkillers, should be no problem.

 

If I had some advice at this stage, it's to not panic, and keep a positive attitude. I am still - despite the pain today - really happy about the op. The band is an amazing bit of modern medicine when you think about it and I'm grateful i'm getting the chance to give it a go! 

 

Again, A LOT of this stuff must have been covered by the more experienced bandits, but just wanted to share my journey for the new ones, and the bandits to come!

 

Despite the pain - I'm really excited about the days ahead   :D

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I was banded 2 days ago, They fixed up a herinera while they were in there. I got to say my pain in my back and chest is pretty bad. Hope it gets better soon

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HI ForMySon, 

 

Welcome and congratulations! The pain goes from being mile to severe; had to come home from work early today - stabbing pains in my chest (not my heart, it's aright above an entry point). It gets better as the days go on though. The stabbing shoulder pains are worst, but these tend to happen mid-afternoon for me. Take your painkillers - they can make you drowsy (es Endomol) but they WORK so keep using them until you feel better!

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Am enjoying your post op posts kiwizoo. Will keep the panic at bay for when I had mine done :-)

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I'm getting banded by Dr Florica next Thursday 25th July at Dalcross Hospital Killara. Starting to feel a combination of excited/nervous energy. Bit worried about how I will cope coming home to a very energetic 7yr old who has special needs but hubby very supportive. Fingers crossed its the end of the weight loss/gain cycle.

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Hi Mother1970,

Same day as me!!! I'm being banded on Thursday by Dr. Taylor at the SAN.

I am also excited / nervous. Mostly a fear of the unknown I think:(

Hubby and both sons are down in Melbourne watching Liverpool FC play soccer when I have my surgery, but I have my gorgeous daughter at home to look after me :) Some girl time!

Good luck to you for Thursday.

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Hi All

 

I am having surgery tomorrow at the Avenue in Victoria by Professor Nottle.

 

I enjoyed readking Kiwizoo's post but I've become nervous as to the reasons for shaving the stomach.  Will they do this even if there is no hair there?  And if they do shave the area doesnt that create hair in that area?

I'm obviously vain about hair... lol.. sorry

 

Prior to surgery Prof. Nottles patients are required to attend the following:

 

- A consultation with a psychologist which is more like a job interview where they assess your mental 'risk' as to the procedure and  

  understanding of what the procedure entails.  My psych report said i need to learn to eat my food slowly (difficult on the optifast heheh)

- Blood tests

- A consultation with a sleep and respiratory specialist to assess for sleep apnia.  If you are diagnosed as high risk then you are 

 required to undertake sleep studies - thankfully for me i didnt have to do this part.

- Two consultations with a nutritionist (pre-op and post op)

- Two consultations with the surgeon

- and yes 3 weeks of OptiFast

 

I lost 5kg on the Optifast - and as per the above I had to do it for 3 weeks (what a killer!) - i have to admit i was a little jealous reading that Sydney people appear to do it for 2 weeks or less.

 

So this morning I am reading soup recipies trying to prepare myself for the first week.

 

Fingers crossed tomrrow is a success...

 

Will update you soon I'm sure.

 

 

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Hi Maxieb

How are you going? I've found the last 24 hours pretty tough. A lot of shoulder pain and I've had about five really nasty bouts of nausea but of course nothing to come up - very painful. Going to ask for some zofran wafers as I'm worried ill do something to the band if it keeps going on. Managed a bit of sleep propped up on pillows. Hoping today goes a bit smoother!

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Hello all

 

I had my procedure yesterday.  Waking up from theatre was fairly rough and I was pretty doped up on pain medication.  I was very lucky to have my mum (a registered nurse) by my side.  They kept me in recovery for two hours then said that they were running out of space and that I had to go back to the room.  After another hour of dozing mum washed my face, neck and hands with a facewasher - it felt so heavenly...

Mum recommended that I get up and put my pjs on - even though my head was heavy - I was sleepy and I felt dizzy I followed her instructions and went for my first walk.

I was able to get up and down for the rest of my night

I probably slept for 3 hours but that was because the hospital room was so HOT and doors kept slamming shut.

By 6am I got up and had another shower and put my clothes on - and I checked out by 8

I felt really good - except for the site marks and I can feel the band around my tummy (well at least I think I can).

 

Walking really helped the pain in the shoulder - so did a heat pack.


I'm back home now with no shoulder pain and just had a shake for lunch.

 

The only problem I had was that the nurses gave me two endone which for some reason I had an allergic reaction to .. and two endone is just too much.  I would have been ok with just the one.

 

The other helpful hint was peppermint tea and butter scotch for your dry mouth.

 

C

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Hi Maxieb

How are you going? I've found the last 24 hours pretty tough. A lot of shoulder pain and I've had about five really nasty bouts of nausea but of course nothing to come up - very painful. Going to ask for some zofran wafers as I'm worried ill do something to the band if it keeps going on. Managed a bit of sleep propped up on pillows. Hoping today goes a bit smoother!

Hi Mother1970,

Yeah I'm finding it pretty rough going too. Can still barely walk, horrible gas pains and nausea. The day in the bed next to me was up and about and showering when I still felt lie I was about to die! I haven't posted yet because I'm not feeling very positive at the moment:( I can't imagine ever feeling normal again:(

I hope we both start to feel better soon!

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Hi Mother1970,

Yeah I'm finding it pretty rough going too. Can still barely walk, horrible gas pains and nausea. The day in the bed next to me was up and about and showering when I still felt lie I was about to die! I haven't posted yet because I'm not feeling very positive at the moment:( I can't imagine ever feeling normal again:(

I hope we both start to feel better soon!

I was feeling pretty stressed today at feeling like this when the surgery is something I've made a choice to do. Had some success with pain options - got some neurofen heat patches which are great, last for 8 hours so had that on my shoulder. Also went the suppository route with panadol which was a huge improvement as I kept feeling sick taking the panadol orally. Have had a lemonade iceblock, some milk and a little water. Hoping a good nights sleep (propped up still so I don't get the nausea again which I dread).

Nice to be able to post here and know that this is just a stage we have to get through!

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**lady

Thought it must have been another lady next to you :).

Hope you are feeling a bit more positive today. Take care xoxoxo

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Going to have a go at making one of the soups in the liquid section suggestions. Potatoes, leek, chicken, garlic & skim milk. Need something savoury to try and take to work this week.

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I was feeling pretty stressed today at feeling like this when the surgery is something I've made a choice to do. Had some success with pain options - got some neurofen heat patches which are great, last for 8 hours so had that on my shoulder. Also went the suppository route with panadol which was a huge improvement as I kept feeling sick taking the panadol orally. Have had a lemonade iceblock, some milk and a little water. Hoping a good nights sleep (propped up still so I don't get the nausea again which I dread).

Nice to be able to post here and know that this is just a stage we have to get through!

Thanks for the heat patch tip! I mentioned it and my daughter said "oh I have some of those in my room that I bought for period pain". So she ran and got me one and I have it on now :)

Had a shower this morning and washed my hair (with a little help from hubby cos I felt so faint I was about to keel over!) and now having a little strawberry milk for breakfast.

I must say I am feeling a little stupid at doing this to myself through choice. Hubby was against it from the start and now he reckons he's gonna have to spend the rest of his life worrying about what I'm eating! He's in the kitchen at this very moment trying to concoct the most nutritious juice / soup he can think of. I just hope it tastes ok!!!

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