Sleeve Gastrectomy is a surgical weight loss tool in which the stomach is reduced to about 25% of its original size, by surgical removal of a large portion of the stomach, following the major curve. The open edges are then attached together (often with surgical staples, glue and possibly cauterization) to form a sleeve or tube with a banana shape. The procedure permanently reduces the size of the stomach and is performed laparoscopically and is not reversible.
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Rough day. I was woken this morning at 2am with intense sharp pain in my tummy. The burning pain continued for hours before i finally gave up and went in to the urgent care. They have no idea why I have this pain. The doc palpated my abdomen, they took pee, blood and X-rays. Nothing. All he commented was that my xiphoid was swollen. They gave me pantaloc and a maalox/anesthetic mix to drink that numbed my throat and sent me on my way with a script for a month of pantaloc. I admit that this morning I was afraid I had a leak. A year out a leak would be damn near impossible but the pain was right where sleevie sits and I was scared. They assured me I had no leak, no ulcers, no hernias... just this unknown pain. I'm hanging out napping and dealing with moderate burning in my gut now and am afraid to put anything in me for fear it will make it hurt again. I know I need to eat though... but I'm scared it will make it worse.