HOW MUCH PAIN POST-OP LAP BAND SURGERY???
i HAVE HAD 10 ORTHO SURGERIES , SO NO STRANGE TO PAIN.
HOW DOES THIS COMPARE TO SAY ............SHOULDER SURGERY/ROTATOR CUFF???
GOT A 225 MILE CAR RIDE (passenger) 2 DAYS POST OP AND WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT........
Includes 47.5 lbs. lost during 7 month pre-op period
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on 1/2/10 11:28 am
Honestly I don't recall much pain at all post op. The night of surgery I took one dose of the Vicodin prescribed to me, and pretty much toughed it out otherwise. I returned to work 2 days post op and tired out a bit quicker than I normally would have, but thats it. I was working with babies that day and wasn't able to lift them from the cribs, but luckily it wasn't required.
You might want to take a pillow to rest against your abdomen since a seatbelt might cut across your incisions/punture sites.
No pain. I was on a plane from CA to NC within 24 hours of surgery. Took no pain meds. Had no gas pains.
My rotator cuff surgery pain was worse. Although between the morphine pump and the hydrocodone, I didn't really care!
Good luck with your pre and post op diets. You have to hang in there til you get good restriction, too. That is the hardest part, I think.
Remember when you had your rotator cuff tear repair & thinking right afterwards, "What the *#LL was I thinking? I literally woke up out of lapband thinking, "Yes!", and have had no regrets (scared cuz I want to do this right, but no regrets).
So compared to your rotator cuff repair, and my ortho surgeries on my foot? This was absolutely no problem!
Post-op pain was way less than gall bladder for me but I wouldn't want to be anyplace other than pretty well bed for the first couple of days.
If you are going to be a passenger for that trip, take your favorite pillow to put on your tummy (seatbelt was uncomfortable for me), a blanket to make sure you keep warm, and take your pain meds as scheduled. Make sure your driver doesn't take any "shortcuts" cuz if the car breaks down or there's a problem on I-5, you'll have help pretty quickly. If you're out on one of the country hiways? There's never someone there when you need them...
I am 3 days post op and the pain has started to subside. The first day I was a little worse for wear but I staid on top of the pain with iuborphen...I had surgery at 8:30 a.m. and was out at 12:30. I went back to my hotel and rested for a bit and then around 6 I went to the mall with my family and walked around for a bit.
The next day I was pretty sore but staid on top of it, because we had a 3 hour car ride (a little over 2 hour car ride) and the car ride home was fine.....
Today I have taken only one round of advil and I feel great!
Just stay on top of the pain, don't let it get ahead of you!
on 1/2/10 8:49 pm
For what you've gone though, this will be a piece of cake! It feels like you're punched in the stomach or you pulled stomach muscles. accept the pain meds they give. I'm still in a little pain at the port sight, but it's not anything horrible.
Oh, and I drove home with mom 2 days after surgery and just slept the whole way LOL. it was a 2 hour ride. Take your pain med when you get in the car and you'll be down for the count. LOL
Good Luck, Deb : )
My surgeon prefers to do the single incision across the belly button to reduce the amount and length of scars. To me, the pain was terrible! I got this nasal spray that helped but would knock me out completely! Every time I got up, it felt like something was ripping. It was awful. But now I'm five days post op and i still have discomfort but nothing like i was feeling! I'm sure you will do fine...I have a pretty low pain threshold i suppose!