Already nearly 6 months out
Jul 17, 2012I haven't updated this since even before surgery since I moved to the "other board". But for people who are still looking into this and especially looking for experiences with Dr. Wilson in Houston, I will put some of my experiences down here.
I had my surgery with Dr. Wilson on February 6, 2012. I was scared sh***less the morning of the surgery. I never had any kind of surgery before and a big surgery like this definately scared me. We got to the hospital at 6 am that morning and I was prepped and around 8 am they rolled me down to surgery. My husband was able to say his goodbye and i started crying...lol. Now I can laugh about it but at that point i was really scared. Once they rolled me into the operationg room Dr. Wilson said hi and that they were going to start very soon. The started giving me the anesthesia and the next thing i remember is waking up in recovery. I wasn't in any real pain at that point. I was just going in and out trying to keep my eyes open. They took me into my room and the surgeon assistant told me that everything went well. No complications, I got the full DS. I started crying again...this time because i was so happy.
The only problem i had that day was that I had been lying on my back for most of the day already and I couldnt feel my butt anymore. I desperately WANTED to get up and walk. After several attempts to get the nurse to let me walk, they finally called Dr. Wilson and he told them to let me get up. I got up just 2 hours after being rolled out of recovery. The first few steps were a little shaky but it was ok. I didn't feel any pain for some reason.
The next two days were a little difficult because I started feeling pain when I moved around in my bed from one side to the other. But it was barable for sure. On my second day i had to swallow the dye and get the xrays done to make sure there was no leak. Standing up straight by myself was a little shaky but it got better soon. I was able to start drinking small sips the same day and then was released on day four.
I had a smooth recovery. Once I got home I felt better within days and was able to walk around as if nothing happened in week two. I went back to work after three weeks and was absolutely fine. The hard part was the liquid diet and the mushy diet. I hated it. I surprisingly was able to drink and eat fine. No problems whatsoever. Once I got to the soft solid foods stage I was fine.
I dropped 43 lbs the first two months. Since then it slowed down a little obviously but I am still doing fine. I feel so much better, move around better, fit into clothes that I haven't worn for 15 years and can nearly eat anything by now. I tried to avoid simple carbs and eat my 100gr of Protein a day, take all of my vites and drink enough.
I am now 5 and a half months out and have lost a total of 102 lbs since my pre-op diet (86 since surgery). Getting the DS was the best choice I ever made.
Having Dr. Wilson as my surgeon was something I never regretted. He is very caring and does anything possible to make this as smooth as possible. About 4 weeks ago I had very strong pain in my abdomen and called his office on a Saturday evening. They told me to go straight to the ER and I did. Dr. Wilson wasnt in town that weekend but had his assistant surgeon drive to the hospital to check on me and called the ER doctor to make sure I get the treatment needed. It turns out that I had kidney stones and he put me back on the bariatric station for two nights and came right on Monday morning to check up on me. I felt very well taken care of.