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Dr Lemmon was a kind older Dr.He went over the sugery with myself and my husband,I remember him speaking to my husband more than me and I was asking the question. He also made sure the insurance approved the surgery before we got to far into things as this was a new surgery at the time 1983..He assured me that I would be watched closley,I would be in ICU for 3 days and then in a regular room for 7..I would be allowed 1 oz per hour of water in day 2 ..Then on day 6 clear liquids ...My input and output were measured carefully cath was removed on day 5..Walks down the hall began after cath was removed..We always had 3-7 doctors checking on us..He was teaching many doctor this surgery.. Nell Carter was in the room next to me and she allowed me to visit.after I got out of the hospital we returned to see the doctor ever 5 days. for a month..My friend had surgery 2 days after me, her insurance didn't pay for ICU so she was only in there 1 day,then I agreed to share my room with her even though my insurance would have pd for a single room. She lost wt faster than me,so Dr Lemmon thought I was cheating a little. He didn't get upset though .there were no protein drinks to drink. no dumping.. 4 yrs down the path she gained all her wt back and I kept mine off. I believe I heard he had died.. We stopped seeing him after a yr.1 1/2 yrs after I had my gallbladder out my friend had hers out at yr 2 .I never regreted having the surgery...On yr 12 post op I had lasor surgery to remove adhesions, my liver was stuck up between my lung and intestion cutting off its blood supplyIt was a 6 hour surgery I was in bad shape all my insides swelled from the lasor surgery I was in pain for 5 months after that surgery I retained fluids for about that long. I was able to keep my wt off to this very day
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