Post surgical "problems" Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy/VSG

by Waning Woman
(Dallas, TX)

Bariatric Surgery is not something to been taken lightly. If you're not worried about complications, then you are certainly in a small, small minority.

One of the reasons that I chose to have a surgery with no malabsorption was because I wanted to minimize the risk of post-surgical complications.
My complications weren't a direct result of surgery, but because I was unable to consume the amount of water that I needed to shorty after surgery.

I experienced postural hypotension. When going from sitting to standing, my field of vision would become very blurry and darkened. After a few seconds, it would slowly resolve and things would come back into focus. If you've never experienced it, it is a little scary.

In my case, my orthostatic/postural hypotension was causd by hypovolemia, having a reduced blood volume brought about by dehydration, rapid weight loss and blood loss during surgery. I didn't realize that I was in trouble because I thought that as long as I was still passing urine and managing to get some water in, I was fine. Until one day I stood up and it took more than a minute for my vision to come into focus and I started shaking and experiencing panic.

It was a very scary experience and while I can't say that it wouldn't have happened if I was drinking more water, I do know that not pushing my water definitely didn't make it any better.

In the first few weeks after surgery, don't worry about protein, just make sure that you stay hydrated.

Related pages: Life After Weight Loss Surgery - Recovering from Surgery, Bariatric Diet, Bariatric Surgery Complications

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Jun 28, 2011
Post Surgical Problems VSG
by: Julie

Wow. I'm sure that was scary, at least you know how to keep it from happening again.

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