Surgery at 400 lbs +
Karma....What would life be without it? 250lbs gone! 410/160... Life's sweet!
I was 460 lbs. the day of surgery and I was 51 years old. Was scheduled for the lap RNY but it was changed at the last minute to open. I am 16 months post op and doing great. You will be surprised at how good you will feel and how your life will take on a whole new meaning after the surgery. Keep us posted on your progress.
on 10/22/07 4:15 am - San Antonio, TX
I started at 445 and was 402 on the morning of surgery. I had lap RNY (with apnea and high blood pressure). I woke up from surgery in quite a bit of pain because they didn't start giving me pain control until I was almost fully awake, due to the apnea. Pain meds can depress breathing further, so they wanted to make sure I was pretty much aware before really dosing up the narcotics. Once my pain was managed, I walked about every two hours and it wasn't too bad. The worst part was not being able to have any water because I was very thirsty. Its also pretty tough to deal with going to the bathroom, so expect to ask the nurses for help wiping or whatever - its hard to maneuver with your belly so sore. I also had a central line instead of an IV, and that was wonderful because they didn't have to poke me every morning for blood. If you are offered a central line, take it!! I had a lot of energy and felt pretty good right after surgery, but then I had some complications, and two weeks later was back in surgery. The second recovery was much much harder but I am finally (2 months later) really feeling energetic. Like Marge, I had a lot of nausea and sensitivity to smells. I felt like I was pregnant. My tastes in food and the smells I enjoy have changed quite a bit. One of the perfumes I really used to love now smells sickening to me. Some people are hungry right away - I wasn't. I really struggled to eat and drink enough at first. I had to force it sometimes and I wasn't getting enough protein until at about 6 weeks out. I just did the best I could. I am off blood pressure medications (I was taken off them in the hospital and never went back on). My blood pressure is still slightly high (146/90) but it was 170/110 before so that's one heck of an improvement already! Also, I am sleeping a lot better. I've never been able to use my cpap mask all night, but now when I don't use it I am still sleeping better and my husband says my snoring has improved significantly. The health benefits start right away. Best of luck to you, if you have any questions specifically please feel free to message me. Jenn
on 10/22/07 11:08 am - San Antonio, TX
Over a decade post WLS, and cured of obesity. Think twice, cut once, consider the DS.