I am thinking ahead about all of the questions that I'll have for my surgeon this week, and most are related to follow up, dietician, etc. I'll also ask him these but wanted to see what typical recovery looks like.
For those who are VSG to RNY revision, how long did your surgery take, how long did you have to stay in hospital, and how much time did you have to take off work before you were recovered?
I'm really just trying to wrap my head around this, but today I woke up, took my Prevacid, cleaned house, ate lunch, decided to take a nap and woke up with horrific reflux and acid in my throat after about 15 minutes napping. I'm fairly certain that revision is going to be a guarantee, just trying to get as much info as I can!
I had my revision on the 24th so I'm fresh out. I was a vsg now the rny bypass. Had horrible reflux, unhealing ulcer, hiatal hernia, and gallbladder out. I am home as of yesterday. It took 7 hours operation but physically ok so far. I'm trying to find the good in all this and can say so far no acid. I have been scared of the bypass and now I'm one. I hope you share your experience when it gets here. The water is hard to get in cuz I wanna sleep a lot. I'm also on Lexapro which I couldn't have till yesterday so that has tanked me on the depression wheel. Good luck y'all! You sound much better mentally for it thanks I did. :)
I'm not sure how long my surgery took, but I'm guessing somewhere in the range of 3 hours (just going by what time I was wheeled to the OR and what time I woke up in recovery). I chose to stay in the hospital 3 days, but was told I could be discharged after two if I felt up to it. My recovery was much better than with my VSG. I was out of work a total of 9 days (but one day was 7/4).
Last thing I ever would do is to eat food and then have a nap laying down - unless I am napping sitting up.
Even with RNY - I deal with severe GERD. We are not sure why. I need at least 1 hour, 2 is better, between food and laying down. If I am really hungry and need to eat-then go to bed - I may take a nap sleeping in a recliner. Never in the bed.
I need to be sure there is no food left in my pouch before I go to bed. Before bed I walk around, drink more clear liquids to make sure to wash things down. If I don't do that I may wake up with a severe burning in my esophagus.
Hala. RNY 5/14/2008; Happy At Goal =HAG
"I can eat or do anything I want to - as long as I am willing to deal with the consequences"
"Failure is not falling down, It is not getting up once you fell... So pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again...."