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New bandit with a few problems

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Hi all, so I am very new to this I was banded in Adelaide on 25th June 2014 (3 days ago) by Dr Leong

Since the op I have been experiencing some strange things going on with my body (as expected) but I would just like to see if anyone else has experienced something similar post op and what you did to help it.

Okay so I was last on the list for the day so I ended up coming out of surgery around 8:30 pm Wednesday night I was basically knocked out with morphine after surgery because I was totally freaking out when i woke up (bit of a hypochondriac lol)

So the next day I was up pretty early and that's when I started to feel reaaaally awful typical stomach pain, hard to move very slow and sore I expected this but one thing didn't seem right!

Just beneath my breast in the centre of my chest I have this really tight uncomfortable feeling, nothing unbearable but still sore, I asked the dr about it the next day and he basically told me what I expected to hear....you've just had surgery, relax and let your body heal...

But since day one I have had this really unusual hiccup/burp but without the sound just my body getting the air out through my mouth and when it happens it's EXTREMELY Painful every time I drink I get it and No it's not a matter of drinking to quick or to much I have not over done it not even once

, I have been really slow and really cautious so I have no idea what this is it hurts so much when it happens even though it only lasts a few seconds it's starting to worry me.

Has anyone else experience this???? Surely I can't be the only person, and it's not just when i drink, I get it all throughout the day at completely random times my chest kinda of retracts like a hiccup and let's out air like a burp that's the only way I can explain it!!! Lol I am sorry if this doesn't make sense I have been looking online all day and haven't found anyone who has had this I just don't know what to do and feeling pretty helpless and worried about it plus my Dr has left for overseas and won't be back for two months.

Also when I did mention this to dr Leong he thought the band might be to tight and took out 1.5ml because he put fluid in the band while I was still knocked out I have yet to find out how much he put in all I know is he took 1.5ml out the day after surgery.

Swallow X-ray also showed no problems with the placement of band

If you have had anything like this please help ease my mind, sorry for the million page essay, I just have no one else to talk to.

Thank you

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I have a sleeve not a band, but it sounds just like you have some swelling (normal after surgery) and that is what is causing your pain either when stuff is going down or air is coming up, wind/air coming up is perfectly normal too. Just stick with the post op duet your clinic gave you and everything should be fine. Oh, and try not to stress too much, from what I'm told the band can get tighter with stress :)

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If you are really worried, go to an emergency room. No one on here can say you are fine or not as no one is qualified to make that call online.

 

I understand your doctor has gone away but it might be time for a second opinion if you don't believe this is normal. I had surgery to remove the band on Thursday and my doctor had since gone on holidays. I had to go to the ER with suspected DVT today so I do understand how helpless you can feel.

 

Please get a proper medical opinion. 

 

Just in case you didn't know, they pump your abdominal cavity full of CO2 during the operation and this can cause the bloaty, burpy feeling and also nasty shoulder tip pain. It will take several days for this to dissipate and is an expected part of surgery.

 

If I were you, I would call your clinic on Monday and ask if they have someone they can refer you to until your surgeon is back. I would be shocked if they left their patients without any options for treatment.

Most hospitals have someone with bariatric experience too so if you go to a different hospital emergency room tonight or tomorrow, you will have someone to look after you.

 

Best of luck with it all :)

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anxiety attack perhaps?

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Yeah I planned to call them on monday just to touch base and make sure its normal, I am sure it is I was just looking for anyone who has been banded and has experienced a similar feeling in the few days after banding

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Hi jesswelcome

I experienced something similar when I was banded in January it turned out esophageal spasm which settled down but I ended up re admitted as I couldn't drink enough fluids.

If it doesn't improve definately call your doc.

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Thanks for your reply I can keep down fluids no problems just alot of uncomfortable pains and burps i will go back in tomorrow and see if this is normal the random burping is really quite painful

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Hope you are ok. I would definitely follow up with a specialist. Your Dr is pretty irresponsible. Maybe his office manager can help?

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Hope you are ok. I would definitely follow up with a specialist. Your Dr is pretty irresponsible. Maybe his office manager can help?

I really don't think it's appropriate to call a surgeon irresponsible for going on holidays. She can still drink fluids and has had tests which didn't find anything major wrong.

JessWelcome90: If you do believe something is actually wrong or your symptoms are getting worse visit the emergency room. If you don't think the pain is worthy of the emergency room book in to see your GP but remember discomfort is to be expected after major surgery and the gas pumped into your stomach will definitely cause uncomfortable burping (and sometimes farting :P).

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Hi Jess,

 

I did have some hiccuping/trying to burp (but I couldn't actually burp until about 3 months post op when I finally let out an almighty rip haha).

 

What you are describing sounds pretty normal compared to my banding experience, but I am in now way a medical practitioner nor you should rely on my advice. Mine did eventually go away, and I put it down to swelling/gas/my body adjusting.

 

You are the one who knows your body the best. Please, if you're concerned either make contact with your surgeons office (surely someone is replacing him while he's on leave?) or see your GP/ER.

 

One thing I learned from having the band is that it's better to be safe than sorry - meaning, get checked out because you have nothing to lose.

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I really don't think it's appropriate to call a surgeon irresponsible for going on holidays. She can still drink fluids and has had tests which didn't find anything major wrong.

JessWelcome90: If you do believe something is actually wrong or your symptoms are getting worse visit the emergency room. If you don't think the pain is worthy of the emergency room book in to see your GP but remember discomfort is to be expected after major surgery and the gas pumped into your stomach will definitely cause uncomfortable burping (and sometimes farting :P).

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I am making an assumption. But I actually think that any medical professional who goes on a holiday after performing a surgery without giving their patient details of their locum or a suitable replacement is irresponsible.

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I am making an assumption. But I actually think that any medical professional who goes on a holiday after performing a surgery without giving their patient details of their locum or a suitable replacement is irresponsible.

 

You really shouldn't make assumptions when it comes to peoples professional reputations in such a public domain, people on other forums have been sued for things like that :( She said that she was going to call her surgeons office on Monday (today) so they haven't just shut up shop and left the country, she is still able to contact them.

 

Anyway, back to the topic at hand :)

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Hey OP,

 

It might be an oesophageal spasm (or oesophageal dilation). It feels like a heart attack and the pain is intense - it's harmless but feels terrible. I've had it during times when my band was too tight and I had fluid removed - the period after that I get several of these 'attacks' per day. For me, the pain is accompanied by  pain in my jaw (right side mostly) and shoulder/back. 

 

But it's only been 3 days - your body has been through major surgery so you will experience a lot of gas-related pain, incision site pain...just pain in general. I actually found lap-banding more painful than any other surgery I've had, and I've had worse! 

 

But importantly, if you are experiencing something that you feel is out of the ordinary, go to the emergency department as soon as you can. 

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