I'm sooo excited! I've been approved for DS, revision to the gastric bypass. Surgery date is 7/23/19 and i can't wait!!!
Can you please give me some advice as to what I should expect after the surgery?
How do you manage all the vitamins? How is the liquid diet before and afterwards? When can you exercise? How long is the recovery period i.e time off from work?
As you can tell I'm well excited!!! Any advice is very much appreciated!
I went to Vita Lady and printed the recommended vitamins and time of time day. Then I adjusted as I got my blood work done. It's better to be a little high and stop taking something then low and trying to build it back up.
HW: 398.8 SW:356 GW: 175 CW:147
Congrats. You're having major surgery so just follow your surgeon's instructions. The main focus for the first 30 days is staying hydrated and starting to understand the DS. Protein goals are 30 grams per day by 30 days post-op, 60 grams per day by 60 days post-op, and 90 grams by 90 days. You get the picture. It's a learning process. For me, my goal was to get protein from food only as soon as I could because I simply hated the shakes. But back then (16+ years ago) the shakes sucked. There are much better options now.
Vitamins are also a slow and gradual approach. You'll be cutting large vitamins in half, opening capsules, etc. It's a learning process.
I got the clearance to exercise about 3 months post-op. I took 4 weeks off work (because I could) and it was great. By the 4th week I was almost back to normal. I also went back to work part-time for two weeks (again because I could). It really helped because I didn't realize how exhausting it was just getting up, showered and dressed, driving to work, etc. You're also still learning how to eat to accommodate your new insides. You're learning how to snack (IMHO the DS requires constant snacking - but on the DS-friendly snacks - mostly protein).
Hope this helps.
Janet in Leesburg