About VSG

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

Burnin pain

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.


  1. I know this sounds too simple but could it be heartburn? I get it sometimes and it is pretty intense. I think anleakmis impossible. My doctor said if you have a leak, it happens within days/wks of surgery.

  2. It certainly could be. I've never had pain like that before with heartburn so I didn't know it could be that bad. And it didn't travel up my esophagus either... it just sat right were sleevie is and left me in agony for hours.

  3. I don't know you at all, but do you still have your gallbladder? That is an intense pain.

  4. I do still have my gallbladder but the location of the pain isn't consistent with a gallbladder attack and I hadn't eaten anything fatty the night before the pain.
    Dinner was 1 slice tomato, 1 slice cucumber and 1 small stuffed mushroom cap.

  5. I would be shocked if it was a leak but I wonder what a xiphoid is. I am glad you went to urgent care to get checked out. Very smart. I am praying for you!