Finally banded, but not without drama!
Apr 18, 2010I'm 11 days banded now, and feeling much better -- still a little tired and having some port incision issues, but doing well overall. On the day of my surgery, I was freaking out a little bit, and just as I started to calm down I got an unpleasant surprise -- the physicians assistant comes in the room and tells me he will be assisting Dr. Halmi with my surgery. Problem...I'd never met Dr. Halmi, I was scheduled with and had had all my pre-op consultations with Dr. Tran! So, my freakout went back into gear, and rather than taking the moments before surgery to relax and ask my final questions of Dr. Tran, I felt like I was re-interviewing a new surgeon for the job. Of course, they don't tell me of the switcheroo until my IV is in and I'm a few short minutes from being wheeled in for surgery! Not nice.
Anyway, I'm over it. I actually had read some of Dr. Halmi's information beforehand when I was initially searching for a surgeon, and, while he is clearly a qualified and skilled surgeon, I had selected Dr. Tran b/c he had done several times more banding procedures. At the end of the day, Dr. Halmi did a great job. Surgery went smoothly, incisions look good, and I haven't had any problems keeping anything down.
While I was at my sister's house recovering, I only had 2 issues. First, my stomach and breasts are super itchy with tiny red spots all over. Not sure what I am having a reaction to, but Benadryl seems to be helping. Second issue, when twisting to get out of bed, I felt a sharp, fiery pain under my port incision. The pain is just now subsiding (4 days later), but I still feel a hard knot under the incision. I called the surgeon's office to see if I could have ripped the port lose or caused a hernia. They assured me that I probably just irritated the sutures, which caused swelling, and I would need to take it easy for a few weeks.
Well, I'm back to work tomorrow. Wish me luck!