One question that seems to be on every pre-op’s mind is “how bad will it hurt?” And the answer is simply well, yes, it will. The closer the surgery date gets, the more that question is on our minds. Being afraid of pain is human. But being afraid of pain should not keep anyone out there looking to change their life forever from taking that step.
I personally had open RNY. I have a 3 inch scar on my upper abdomen. I had had previous abdominal surgeries, but where the incision is for gastric bypass cuts the muscles used to sit up, move, cough, laugh, all sorts of movements you don’t realize your abdomen is involved in. It was impossible for the first two weeks to wear a bra, because it would have laid directly on the incision.
When I first woke up, it was painful, but I had a pain pump which began to help immediately. I needed to roll onto my side to use my arms to push myself up. Getting out of bed and walking helped. The first week home, I slept half sitting propped up on pillows, because laying flat was uncomfortable.
You will have pain medicine to control your pain in the hospital, and you will go home with pain medicine. It will hurt, but not nearly as much as you imagine it will. Within a few days it will begin to ease up. Drink, drink, drink your protein! It will help you heal and feel better so much faster! Take your vitamins, and most of all, rest and heal, and before you know it, the discomfort will just be a distant memory.
Try Nature’s Best Extreme Smoothie for a great tasting RTD protein for new post op’s.