Daily shots in stomach for 2 wks after surgery

on 7/25/10 7:11 am
Did anyone have their doctor say this was part of the after surgery routine?  I told them "no way" as I have a fear of needles and have never had surgery.  Mine is in 3 weeks.
Highest Weight: 265 lbs Pre-Op Weight: 249 lbs Surgery Weight: 238 lbs Current Weight: 124 lbs
Longhorn Girl
on 7/25/10 7:16 am - Austin, TX
Is it blood thinner? I didn't have to do that, but I have heard that others did.
~ Jennifer ~
I am 5'5" tall.  HW / SW / CW / GW  :   224 / 216 / 157 / 140

on 7/25/10 7:21 am
They didn't go into further explanation after I greatly protested.  I  noticed your stats and you have done great.  I hope to have the same results, and hoping for no or few complications.  2 wk required liquid diet starts on Wed.  I am ready to get surgery over and life started!
Just Ducky - The
Meditative Hag

on 7/25/10 7:23 am - Belleville, IL
Yes I did that, many of us do. Its a blood thinner (Lovenox) or a heparin. Its done SubQ and doesn't even hurt at all. it prevents Deep Vein Thrombosis which hurts a LOT worse and is deadly.
> www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000156.htm

I also did Enbrel shots (For an autoimmune disease) for over 10 years. That one "stings" Remember in most shots its NOT the needle that hurts, its the liquid going in. (Some stings, some doesn't).
on 7/25/10 7:26 am
If you gently place the needle on your skin, you will either notice nothing or a sharp ***** If it hurts, move it just a smidgen. Find the spots that don't hurt and then push in. That's how I gave myself insulin shots prior to going on an insulin pump.


Duodenal Switch (Lap) 01-24-11 | Surgeon: Stephen Boyce | High weight: 250 in 2002 | Surgery weight: 203 | Lowest weight: 121 | Current weight: 135 | Goal weight: 135


on 7/25/10 7:28 am - freeport, TX
RNY on 08/19/09 with
I was given the lovenox shots too. I also have a fear of needles and the liquid burned when it went in. So I told them no. They told me about the fear of Deep Vein thrombosis and I stuck to my guns and said no. The nurses were excellent and made sure that I got up and walked, a lot..lol.

I had no troubles without the shot but don't recommend it for everyone. Read up and research the issue. Maybe get a shot or two to see if it's not big deal. Make your own decision.

Good luck!

Met my first goal, met my second goal, met my surgeons goal. Now I have a new goal!
on 7/25/10 7:34 am - Colorado Springs, CO
Yep had to do it before surgery and for 30 days after surgery.  It can be a life saving factor as it helps prevent blood clots after surgery.
Gayle  6'2" 

on 7/25/10 7:49 am - OH
They gave me one in the hospital the day after surgery but I did not have to do them at home.  I'm not sure why blood clots would be a big risk once you go home since you should be up and walking, but if you're doc recommended them, I would do them.

You do realize when you have surgery, you'll get an IV, right?  With a needle?  And after surgery, for the rest of your life, you will have get blood tests done on a regular basis?  With needles?

Emily F.
on 7/25/10 7:50 am
I did it to myself for a few days in the hotel and then all the of sudden couldn't do it when I got home. Hubby had to do it. I think I only did it 15 days or something.
on 7/25/10 8:23 am
RNY on 11/06/09 with
I did it for a month after surgery. Just the thought of it is worse than actually doing it. They taught me how to do it in the hospital. The needles are thinner than insulin needles, so I rarely even felt them.

If you have someone at home to help you, they can teach them how to give the shots for you so you won't have to do it yourself.