Monday, August 3, 2009

Sticky Pants

Well, tomorrow is the big day. I hope to have my questions answered and my nerves calmed. I can tell you however, that I am becoming very, very excited about having the surgery. I have moments when I am ready to jump on a plane to Mexico to "just do it already"!
My husband has been riding the fence lately, still asking me why I can't just lose weight with diet and exercise. He is a fit 180 pounds, and has never had weight issues. We went for a three mile walk yesterday and I had all I could do to keep up! It was super hot and the humidity down here in the south was around 100%. My pants were sticking to me the whole time and riding up my behind. I kept looking over my shoulder to see who was being tortured with the view of my backside. By the time we were done, I had blisters on my feet and I was drenched! One good thing that came from it was realizing that I can still walk three miles, and then some. My husband just walks too fast for my current fitness level I guess.

So here are the questions I plan on asking the surgeon tomorrow morning. Even though I know the answers to some of these questions, I want to hear what HE says.

  • How many have you performed?
  • What size band will I get?
  • Irreversible damage to stomach?
  • How many incisions do you perform?
  • Reflux? Esophageal Cancer?
  • How large is the pouch opening normally?
  • Liquids? Stretch pouch, or go right through?
  • Don't solids just go right through the hole into the larger stomach?
  • What poses the greatest risk for the need of a second surgery?
  • How common is band slippage? How common is stomach prolapse?
  • How soon do you do fills? How aggressive are you?
  • Has anyone ever paid you in nickels before?
I'll let you know how it goes!


Amy W. said...

I am excited for you and cant wait to hear the update!

MB said...

You'll have to let us know what all he says. I like having as much info from as many different sources as possible concerning the band. :)

meandmygizmo said...

Hope you get your questions answered! My husband's fence sitting started as I was in my room right after surgery. He then voiced his opinion of being against the surgery. Fear is all he can say about it ~ fear of the unknown? Hang in there and do what is right for YOU! ;-)

Jamie said...

How exciting for you. Your journey is about to begin.

I'm sure your husband will come around. It is usually way scarier for the people in the waiting room than it is for us who are blessedly knocked out!!!

Good Luck

Catherine55 said...

You might also ask how many ccs most of his patients need to get to their "sweet spot" the first time, and what his philosophy on fills is. (E.g. will he be really conservative and do it wee bit by wee bit, or can you just come right back in if you get a fill and it doesn't make a difference.)