Hi, I'm seven days post-op from what was to have been a "revision" to my Fobi Pouch which was performed by Dr. Fobi in 1992. Although the whole weight gain, etc. was NOT due to the Fobi procedure (Bless Dr. Fobi!) but due to a fistula forming that reconnected the pouch to my former stomach and caused the hunger hormones to be released (I consider that a matter of sh*t just happens and get over it), I am walking your path.
Kuldeep Singh, MD did my procedure and was the only one of three with any "familiarity" of the Fobi pouch in the mid-Atlantic *****turned my calls. He'd never "revised" a Fobi and just flew by his brilliance and the seat of his pants, CT scans, an Upper GI, and my complete faith in him.
My procedure ultimately involved the repair of a huge hiatal hernia (undiagnosed by Kaiser), the removal of my gall bladder (there was sludge and surgery would eventually become necessary), and the disconnection of the tissue.
I have about six incisions, it only looks like stitches were required in one but the steri strips still cover all but one. The drain came out on day 3 and I was sent home sans drain (thank God). On Day 1, post op, I felt like I'd been hit by a car, Day 2, a Mack truck, Day 3, car, by Day 4, smaller moving vehicle. The worst of the pain seems to come from my lower right abdomen and happens depending upon how I move which makes rolling over in bed something awful.
Diet wise, I am NOT hungry and the cravings are gone - hurray for the hormones being gone. I'm being kept on liquids for two weeks to be on the safe side but I really don't miss much. I've got my supply of Whole Foods 365 protein powder, soy milk, and Naked Protein Zone or whatever it is called. I've learned how to make refried bean soup (little beef bouillion, taco bell hot sauce). I am sticking to the same things I am sure of and adding little by little. I would like some Whole Foods Tomato Bisque - maybe I can get my son to go pick up some tomorrow. If I feel up to it, I may venture outside the house and take a walk down the block to the store tomorrow.
The pain is the hindrance to the physical activity but I am home alone so I do have to do much on my own. I've gone downstairs to visit my neighbors a couple of times. I've done some minor household chores according to how I feel. My biggest frustration is related to the pain and the limitations that come from it. I'm on morphine which limits my ability to think which means I can't THINK. If I can't THINK, I can't RESEARCH, I can't WRITE. So my "real" life is put on hold. But thank God for morphine.
I am still quite swollen although nothing like when I came out of surgery. I know I've lost weight but the weight loss doesn't show in my mid section where I needed to lose it yet.
I'm using myfitnesspal.com to log my food which is a requirement prior to my follow up with Dr. Singh next week. I haven't had any dumping, no nausea. I will give you one very useful bit of advice. You can have STOMACH FREEZE. It's akin to BRAIN FREEZE over cold? LMAO. Since I can only drink down so much which makes the protein requirement had to do, I've been using less liquid in the shakes but really really wanted lots of ice yesterday. I took a blessful swig and just wanted to cry. Oh well, trial and error. Ha Ha It could be worse. I AM laughing.