Saturday, April 5, 2008

The Good Old Slippage Trick

Well yep you guessed it - I ended up with Band Slippage! It all started in the early hours of Tuesday morning when I woke with the most incredible pain through my chest and back, for those of you who have heard people say its like having a heart attack I can agree that yes thats kind of what I thought was happening.... So I called the hospital, only to be told that my surgeon had only just finished in theatre an hour before but was back on rounds in the morning if I could wait till then, so I propped myself up in the recliner chair with a heat pack and tried to get some sleep......
By 6am couldnt bare it anymore, called the hosp again they said to go straight to John Hunter Hospital and that my Dr would meet me there as he was going to be in theatre all day. Once arriving they gave me some morphine to help with the pain, and sent me straight to have chest xrays. This confirmed that I had an anterior slippage of the band and that surgery needed to happen fast, basically I was so dehydrated as I hadnt had any fluid in around 48 hrs that had actually stayed in my body and my band was choking my stomach. So all his surgeries got bumped back and they took me straight in.

After 4 hours in surgery the outcome was one I am very happy with, they were able to re-position the band and leave it undone (bit like putting on your belt through all the loops but not buckling it up) so as not having to remove the band I will not need major surgery again, now I will need to return in around 4 weeks for a day surgery procedure where they will use 2 keyhole points to do the band up. So now I think we have a tally of around 10 incisions and 2 more to come, we'll be able to play join the dots soon...LOL...

So anyway all is going well, I am feeling better than I have in months, I have another appointment with my Dr in 2 weeks and I'll know more then as to when the next surgery will happen....

1 comment:

mjwdec73 said...

Yowch - I'm glad that you could be fixed up in surgery so quickly - but ouch.

You are looking so fantastic - I hope you are back on the road to recovery soon.