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Surgery Day

Havamal

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Tuesday, July 25th, 2017 - Surgery Day

Woke up at 05:00 grabbed a shower and lathered in the sterilizing solution that the hospital provided. I had taken a shower and coated with the same solution the night before and slept on clean sheets in order to reduce exposure to things that might prove bothersome with having surgery. Having been someone who has been working a graveyard shift, sleeping through the night was a challenge… one that I was only moderately successful at. Surprisingly, having consumed nothing  since 9pm I was neither hungry nor thirsty. Which was one of my concerns, especially the thirst issue considering I am one of those persons that constantly has some sort of beverage even if it is just the water bottle I constantly have at my side. Anyway, my appointment for surgery was at 07:45 so my wife Julie and I departed for the hospital at 06:00 just incase there was morning traffic.

Once at the hospital things progressed rather quickly. Within minutes I was checked in and Julie and I were whisked off to another waiting room where I was taken into another room where I sterilized again and changed into an operating gown. I had barely gotten changed when a nurse showed up, had me get on a gurney and off I went. As they wheeled me through the halls we picked up Julie from the waiting room and she stayed with me in a "Pre-surgery" holding room, but it wasn't long before my surgeon, his AP, and the Anesthesiologist came through and said good morning and asked a few final questions.  A short wait and Julie returned to the waiting area and I was rolled into the OR. The last thing I remember was transferring from the gurney to the operating table, laying down situating myself… then the next thing I was aware of was waking up in room with a couple of nurses watching over me, one of them saying "your oxygen is low, you need to breathe!". The next few hours are tough to recall, just kind of a disjointed awareness of my surroundings.

As it turns out there was a bit of a complication during the initial part of the surgery. One of the first things they do is send a scope down your throat to make sure there are no issues with your intestines. This is a very common procedure, however there is a nerve cluster that the scope occasionally comes into contact with and when this happens the results are usually very mild. But I have never been one to not step up to a challenge, instead of the usual minor nerve reactions I did the one in a million reaction and my heart stopped like flipping a switch. I flat lined for a little over 20 seconds before they restarted my heart. My surgeon almost canceled my procedure, but he and another couple of doctors assessed the risk and determined that the risk of continuing were less detrimental to my health than not completing the VSG and my remaining obese.

At about 4pm I was encouraged to get up and walk around the floors perimeter hallway with a nurse guiding me. This was probably the first real awareness I had of the discomfort of all the cuts and stitching and such… not pain, just a tugging sensation when I moved. Especially when I got up out of the bed! I spent the night getting up every 2 hours and doing a lap around the perimeter, by morning I was walking on my own and doing 3-4 laps. During this time they brought me little one-once  cups of water, 10 at a time… this is where the sip, sip, sip starts. From 4pm on the 25th and 2pm on the 26th when they released me, I had drank 70 ounces of water and 10 ounces of chicken broth. I guess from their comments this amount was a little unusual, but good.


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Wow, Havamal - that must have been startling to hear about after your surgery.  I'm glad they were able to make the decision to continue on.  I had a dream, unusual for me, prior to my surgery, that my doctor had tried to perform the surgery but had been unable to for some reason.  In my dream I was so upset.  When I woke up, that's when I knew that I was for sure going through with it.  That would have been terrible news to wake up to so I'm glad all is well and it doesn't sound like there are any post-op heart concerns, so that's good too.  Hope your first full week at home goes well for you!

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It was a little unnerving at first to find out I flat lined. But all is well, and the doc confirmed that there are no long term issues that could come back to haunt me from it. This was my first time having any kind of surgery and was a little apprehensive to begin with, if they had not continued I'm not sure I would have gotten up the nerve to try again after my heart stopping.

As far as my first week post option... not too bad, can't wait to have something other than clear liquids though!

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So glad you're feeling ok and recuperating well! 

I love your super detailed post of surgery day - so useful to newbies wanting as much preparation as possible! You're doing community service :) 

A great start with the liquids. I never really had a hard time with getting in my 64 oz per day - it may be because I, like you, am always drinking something (usually water). I'm just used to drinking a lot.

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On 7/30/2017 at 8:51 PM, tracyringo said:

@Havamal  glad you are okay..  Have you huger pains since surgery ?  It appears some vsg say they do .

Thanks! Can't really say that I have had hunger pains so to speak... fair bit of grumbling but no real hunger pains. The only time I desire food is when I am around others eating, it is not so much a desire to eat but rather a "hmmm.... that would taste really good right now." thing.

Honestly I can't wait to be able to have something I can chew! I had my first post surgery vitamin this morning and the act of chewing that was very satisfying ;)

BTW... how do you tag someone like you did? been trying to figure that one out but have not been successful 

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On 7/30/2017 at 10:24 PM, Jen581791 said:

So glad you're feeling ok and recuperating well! 

I love your super detailed post of surgery day - so useful to newbies wanting as much preparation as possible! You're doing community service :) 

A great start with the liquids. I never really had a hard time with getting in my 64 oz per day - it may be because I, like you, am always drinking something (usually water). I'm just used to drinking a lot.

Thanks Jen.

I hope someone might get some insight from it. My sister has been looking into having a VSG done so hopefully this will help her make up her mind!

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28 minutes ago, Havamal said:

BTW... how do you tag someone like you did?

@Havamal Type the @ symbol, then start typing the name of whoever you're tagging. It'll come up in a box - just select it and it'll show up as a tag :) 

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