the major complications (5Ws: wind (pneumo), walking (DVT, PE), water (UTI), wounds (infection at incision site), weird drugs (induced fever)) are typically related to surgery in general, not necessarily VSG. but some things to consider:
-COE accredititation denotes competence on part of the healthcare team and the capacity to the facility to handle such "unique" surgeries and individuals (read: board cert. gen surgery, fellowship in bariatrics...facilty has beds/equipment/resources to accomodate SMO persons). Have that, and you are halfway home.
- to counter deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism and clotting issues you will be given several units (~5) of heparin (blood thinner) and be made to wear compression boots while in bed. however, after post-op evening 1 it is crucial that you get up and walk! yes, you will be tired/sore/groggy but the movement will help circulation (and, God forbid, better detect a clot...rather find out in the wards than at home) and also help tin the movement of gas....(to check suture line the new stomach will be inflated; the gas is a pain in the a$$ and you will not be given any medication to counter it (cannot disturb new tummy))
- you will be given a triflow spirometer. Use it every hour. It will help your healthcare team gauge your respiratory function post-op. Remember you've been under GA for a couple of hours and may have accumulations in lungs.
- you'll get Qball or Morphine drip for pain. DO NOT SUFFER IN SILENCE! Ask for it/say yes when offered! I was in pain when I first came to...morphine drip was a godsend.
-finally, vital signs are checked hourly, and fluids are given IV to prevent dehydration until you can start sipping......
.....LONG STORY short
yes there are complications but these are related to all surgeries
your healthcare team is fully prepared to handle these complications should they arise
VSG has a lower complication rate than most WLS
Freakouts are normal
Glad your family is getting on board, but its really about YOU!!! VSG for the most part is a solo sport. Its nice to have folks in your corner, but at the end of the day your success lies with you alone!!!
:) im praying for you! YOU WILL BE FINE! We're saving room for you! Check in when you are able to after!