My first post-op consult was today - yep almost 5 weeks out. I haven't had access to my surgeon or anyone else at my hospital that could answer my questions...for 5 effing weeks. (sorry for my language)
So...I've been waiting 5 weeks to find out what my bougie size is. I was so shocked that I just said...A 50??? What??? Why??? He said that there is little difference in weight loss between 32-50 and he thinks people have an easier time with the larger bougies.
A bit of background info...I switched to a VSG 2 weeks before my surgery...through email. Yep, through email. I had NO phone access to my surgeon and hadn't even met him - I had to do internet research to find his email address. My surgical consult was with another member of the surgical team. Anyhow, in the email my surgeon said I could have the VSG if I wanted and we'd talk about it before surgery. Before surgery meant, literally 10 mins before surgery, he asked me a few questions and said, no problem, you can have VSG. Obviously I was already anxious about surgery and I didn't think to ask about bougie size. WHAT A MISTAKE.
Well...this explains a few things. First, this is perhaps why I had such a completely uneventful surgery - no gas even! Second, why I've been getting in all my water and protein by the beginning of week 2. Third, why I can eat WAY more at a time than most of the other VSG'ers on this board. I'm quite devestated. Please, if you're an RN or if you're knowledgeable about bougie size, write and tell me what a 50 means. I could only find information online for bougies up to 40!!!Seriously, I'm freaking out!