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Submitted: 8 years ago.Category: Bariatrics
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
sorry, I am doing too much multitasking. I would like some tips on dealing with my lapband that I have a scheduled surgery date of July 21. I hear the gas after the surgery is aweful, also. How you can advise on this. Thank you.
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I am going to currently opt out of your question. I do believe we have an expert with bariatric surgery. Hopefully, they are online and can help answer your questions. Have a Great Day!
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
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Bariatric Physician: Dr. Dan, Bariatric Physician (MD) replied 8 years ago
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Hi,
Congratulations on your plans for lap band surgery. Your specific question about post-op gas pains I pretty common. Hopefully your surgeon will evacuate the gas before concluding the operation, but you can still have pain in the left shoulder and chest related to the surgery. The shoulder pain will be more noticeable if you have a hiatal hernia repaired concomitantly with band placement.
I recommend the following strategy for my patients after surgery: liquid narcotic pain medicine, like lortab elixir, walk around a bunch, and use 400mg motrin every 6 hours as needed for breakthrough pain. Your surgeon will likely also recommend a similar regimen. Just remember that you can only take the motrin the first couple days. Good luck. Dr. Dan
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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Hi Dr. I forgot to include that the endoscopy showed that I have small ulcers and gastric, but not so significant, so am concerned about the motrin. Please let me know what you think about the motrin. Thanks
Bariatric Physician: Dr. Dan, Bariatric Physician (MD) replied 8 years ago
Hi. If you have ulcers and gastritis, that should be treated before surgery. Oftentimes, ulcers and gastritis are due to a kind of stomach infection called helicobacter pylori. Your Endoscopist should have checked for this with biopsies at the time of your scope. The reason for the ulcers should be determined, because it can play a role after band surgery if not properly addressed beforehand. You are correct that, in the face of untreated ulcer disease, motrin use should be discouraged. I will say, though, that only about 1 in 20 of my patients have enough pain after surgery that they need the motrin. Most only need the lortab for a day or two, because the pain isn't too bad.
Good luck!
Dr Dan
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