Finally banded, but not without drama!

Apr 18, 2010

I'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!


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Mar 20, 2010
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