Hey everyone! My name's Tyler. As of tomorrow I'll be two-weeks post-op from VSG, and I have to say, I'm feeling pretty awesome. I've been more and more active as the days go by, my only pain is pretty much focused on the incision the surgeon pulled the stomach out of, which I'm told is totally normal and expected. I went through my pain medication and switched over to Aleve as recommended by my PA, and have been doing well with that. I've been having normal BMs now for a few days, no stomach spasms or nausea. I'm honestly very relieved that I haven't had complications (knock on wood!). I don't have many support groups close to where I live (the nearest one is 40 miles away), so I wanted to give the online community a shot.
I pretty much wrote a novel for my story on my profile, but here's a little bit about me:
I'd love to hear about you guys and am open to words of advice or personal tales!
I am 2 weeks out today and this community of wise, truthful, no bs folks has got me through every step. so happy you found this support group!
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Hello and welcome! You definitely came to the right place for advice..there are some very knowledgeable folks here. It sounds like you are doing well so just keep sticking to your doctor's plan. I am 9 months post op and this has been the best decision I have ever made for my health.
HW at consult #1 5/19/16: 348 lbs.
Consult #2 8/31/16: 331 lbs.
SW 12/14/16: 286 lbs.
Hi Tyler, welcome! I am 8 months post vsg and I also flew through with no complications. I live in Phoenix although I grew up in NY. The folks on this board are so helpful. It's been a huge help every step of the way. Everyone will try and keep you on track. The first few weeks are the hardest. It will be helpful that you like to cook. I know I get bored easily so new lo carb recipes keep me going. I hope your husband is supportive. Good luck with your journey. It will be so worth it.
Welcome, Tyler! Sounds like you're doing great!
You mentioned your PA has you taking Aleve. It's an NSAID which can inhibit healing and cause ulcers. Some surgeons are okay with occasional use well after your stomach has healed, others are not okay with them ever for VSG folks (pretty much no one is okay with them for RNY people). I haven't ever heard of someone being advised to take them right after surgery. Just something to think about if you aren't hurting all that much and could do without them. Tylenol is always an option.
Ht: 6' HWEver: 338 StartW: 282.8 SurgeryW: 268.9 CW: 168.6 GW: 170
Pre-Op:-17 M1:-17.8 M2:-10.6 M3:-10.4 M4:-8.4 M5:-12 M6:-8.2 M7:-8.2 M8:-11.4 M9:-7.4
Goal reached 11/9/17!
It's actually naproxen, but in the same drug class/family as ibuprofen, and depending on who you talk to is stronger/more effective/more side effects than ibuprofen. I love the stuff, but can't take it because it triggers fever blisters like crazy for me.
I second the concerns here. I had the VSG because I needed to be able to take NSAIDs and steroids for my auto-immune disorder, but even with that, my surgeon didn't want me taking any if possible until I was cleared for a full regular diet. And only with protective PPIs.
NSAIDs are not only very hard on stomach tissue, they can interfere with healing. When I had my knee reconstruction, my orthopedic surgeon didn't want me taking any NSAIDs until a year after surgery. That was luckily before I developed the auto-immune issue.
Your PA may not be aware of all of this (though in a bariatric setting s/he should be), so please call and double check with your surgeon's nurse.