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Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum. Was really hoping to get some advice from those who have been through the gastric sleeve.

A little background. I'm 45, BMI 43, history of arteriosclerosis (2 stents) and T2 diabetes (under control with meds). My cardio has recommended I consider the gastric sleeve and I've been working towards it since end of last year and I am 8 days away now.

I was excited and all ready for it but lately the more I read of some people's experience the more I'm scared, and I am suddenly getting second thoughts. I've been trying to find out more about what to expect after surgery but can't seem to find a good source from people who have actually gone through the surgery, so I'm really hoping you would be willing to help to share your experiences.

Some of the things that are playing on my mind:

1) How long will we struggle to drink water? I've read that even after healing completely it may take 15 minutes to drink even half a teacup of water without vommiting, is this true?
2) I've seen that some people say they will almost always vomit after eating or drinking? Is it really that common?
3) I am on quite a few meds which my cardio says I need to start the day after the surgery. Will I be able to swallow the meds?
4) Will we feel tired and impaired due to the limited food and water we can take? I'm on my pre-op liquid diet now and I just feel so weak and hungry, is this the constant feeling to expect after surgery?
5) I was made to understand from the doc that dumping isn't common for the gastric sleeve, yet I've read quite a number of accounts that say otherwise. Is this something common as well?
6) I currently do not have GERD, but is this something I should expect to occur after the surgery? I've read some people can't even lie down without getting acid reflux.

I know it is a long post, but I'm really hoping to get some idea of what to expect as the fact it is permanent and (for example) I may be stuck with not being able to even stay hydrated without being nauseous just scares me. Thanks in advance for any advice or help. Cheers.

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Hi Vincent!  It is so completely normal to have second thoughts/fears.  What you need to know is that weight loss surgery will extend your life expectancy!  Just think on that for a moment.  I am 55, and for me the opportunity to extend how many years I have with my spouse, children and grandchildren made WLS very worth it for me!  I had the sleeve 4 years ago and my only regret is that I did not have it sooner.

I will reply to your questions per my experience.

1)  I have never ever vomited since I had sleeve surgery.  Not once!  Post-surgery, you will not be able to drink a full glass of water immediately.  When I got home from the hospital, concentrating on a "shot glass" of water every 15 minutes was the goal.  You really don't feel like eating or drinking so I can't imagine drinking water until you threw up immediately post surgery.

2)  I have never vomited post-sleeve.

3)  You may need to crush up your meds, but check with your surgeon on their best advice with the meds.

4)  The pre-op liquid diet is hard, much harder than post-surgery.  I am not sure how long you have been on it, but by day 3 I felt better.  Once I had the surgery, I really had no appetite and being on a liquid diet post-surgery really wasn't that big of a deal.  80-85% of my stomach was gone so honestly being on liquids after that was okay.  I was tired too pre-surgery.  Post-surgery it only took me about a week to feel better.  I took two weeks off work however.

5)  I have never dumped with my sleeve.

6)  I have had reflux a handful of times.  I determined that when I ate something and then immediately laid down for a nap, that was a bad idea   Once I knew not to eat anything close to sleep time I did not have reflux again.

Though my surgeon gives a prescription for nausea if needed, I never had to fill it.  Please do not worry.  You are on you way to HAVING YOUR LIFE BACK!!! :)

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Thanks so much for taking the time to share Tammy. I guess if I really try and pin it down, what scares me the most is the stories I read that some people have trouble even with sips of water long after the surgery, and others can manage a couple of gulps at best.

Even with my weight I'm quite active on and off (projects around the house, gardening, and so on) and I enjoy chugging water very much as I do sweat a lot while working. So the idea that I will be unable to drink water fast enough to replace what I'm losing is really quite scary for me.

Thanks for your reply once again, and I think I'm going to really take the weekend to work through this. Cheers.

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You will still be able to drink water.  The goal is 64 ounces a day.  You may be used to chugging more than that! :)  Four years out I can drink pretty fast.  Also keep in mind that as you drop the weight and have less fat, you may not sweat as much doing those activities.  I rarely sweat!  However, on the flip side once you lose the fat you are cold more often!  :D

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