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I am going to Tijuana on November 1, 2010 to get VSG with Dr. Ortiz; however I am looking at plication.

I am 37 years old and My BMI is 45 , I have about 110 pounds to lose.

I am very anxious, but looking forward to changing my life.

I would love to hear about anyones experience with OCC and Dr. Ortiz and the sleeve surgery.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide a very anxious lady some support.

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I had plication on the 31st of October. 2 days ago. Went down for a band and changed my mind at the last minute. I'm sure it will be fine but I am now mad at myself because I not researched it like I had the band and am not totally sure what to expect.

Surgery - just about zero pain but I am still vomiting. Typical for me with anesthia but greatly compunded because I have horrific heartburn/indigestion. They gave me pills for it that they say are similar to Tagment, Previcid etc BUT everytime I try to open it and mix with a tad of juice, I go on another round of dry heaves. I really need to start back on my regular medicines too but don't think I will be able to get them down. Am getting worried about it.

Obviously I know I'll never be able to take woncho viamins or antibiotics but what size pills can you normally take? one of my is a small square and the other is a smaller than average capsule.

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I am going to Tijuana on November 1, 2010 to get VSG with Dr. Ortiz; however I am looking at plication.

I am 37 years old and My BMI is 45 , I have about 110 pounds to lose.

I am very anxious, but looking forward to changing my life.

I would love to hear about anyones experience with OCC and Dr. Ortiz and the sleeve surgery.

Thank you for any assistance you can provide a very anxious lady some support.

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I had a plication done on the 16th of September as Dr. Ortiz found that the sleeve would not be possible (See my story in the sleeve forum).

I had dry heaves the first night but after that I was not bothered by it again. Dr. Ortiz tells me that the plication should have similar results to the sleeve.

As far as pills are concerned. . . I would crush up any large pills you have for a couple of weeks while your stomach heals. After that I would cut the larger ones in half for another couple of weeks and then you should be able to take your meds as usual although maybe only one or two at a time. . .There is no restriction in the size of the opening from the esophagus to the stomach as far as I can tell. Only in the size of the stomach.

You should, however, now that you have had the plication, check with your primary physician to make sure the dosages of your meds do not need to be changed.

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Shari,

I did see your post from before - quite the drama you had to go through. One brave chickie... I don't know that I would have undergone it all again etc.

What are you eating now? I managed to hold down 3-4 sips of warm tea this morning?

Deb

I had a plication done on the 16th of September as Dr. Ortiz found that the sleeve would not be possible (See my story in the sleeve forum).

I had dry heaves the first night but after that I was not bothered by it again. Dr. Ortiz tells me that the plication should have similar results to the sleeve.

As far as pills are concerned. . . I would crush up any large pills you have for a couple of weeks while your stomach heals. After that I would cut the larger ones in half for another couple of weeks and then you should be able to take your meds as usual although maybe only one or two at a time. . .There is no restriction in the size of the opening from the esophagus to the stomach as far as I can tell. Only in the size of the stomach.

You should, however, now that you have had the plication, check with your primary physician to make sure the dosages of your meds do not need to be changed.

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Shari,

I did see your post from before - quite the drama you had to go through. One brave chickie... I don't know that I would have undergone it all again etc.

What are you eating now? I managed to hold down 3-4 sips of warm tea this morning?

Deb

Hi Deb: I have pretty much followed the rules. . . Clear liquids the 1st 5 days. . . One sip at a time. . .Freeze your liquids. . . drink as it melts and it will keep you from overdrinking. . . Day 6, I added drinkable yogurt, but it didn't agree with me, but kept it up until Day 10 when I got permission from Dr. Miranda to exchange creamed soups (no solids - thank you blender and Magic Bullet)for the yogurt. I drink it through a straw and only drink about 1/3 a can of soup at a time. On Day 12, I added SlimFast and/or Protein Shakes to my daily regime (i.e. breakfast - SlimFast, lunch - creamed soup or protein shake, dinner - creamed soup) I also take at least an hour to drink the soups or shakes. . . baby sips. . . .

And then in between, I have to remind myself to drink my liquids. I did however; drink my protein shake too fast today and felt a little uncomfortable. . .

Either tomorrow or Wednesday which will be Day 19 ir 20 post-op, I am going to have my first spoonful of mashed potatoes and start on soft foods. Figure mashed potatoes with a little soup on the side for a day or two and then on Thursday will try some tuna salad. . . again after putting it in the magic bullet.

I have not thrown up since surgery, but have on two occasions drank too much at one time and felt uncomfortable.

I have also noticed that my weight loss has slowed down considerably. Especially on days that I don't get any exercise. I had water therapy today so I expect the scale to dip down in my favor when I weigh in the morning. Ordered a stationary pedal thingy that I can pedal with my feet or my hands, so I can work both my legs and arms to burn up some calories. Unfortunately it won't be here until the end of this month. . . Rats! I can't walk around the block or down the road due to my back and hip pain, but am still hoping to get to that point eventually. So, get your walking in or whatever exercise you can do to burn some calories. . .

I hope this helps a little. And you had your plication done on the 30th of September, right? So you are only 4 days post-op, right? How are you feeling today?

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Yes, I am on day 6 - clear liquids. Basically water, warm tea which is soothing and chicken noodle soup and french onion strained. I can only take in about 1/2 cup at a time. I can add soft diet in two days and printed some of the soup recipes on the nutrition board - can't wait to make them and eat them :)

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How long before we can go in the water - pool or bath?

As soon as your wound sites are healed. About 10 days. I started back on my water therapy 2 weeks ago . . . still had a few scabs, but they were not open or draining. You want to not take chances on getting an infection started by going in water with open wounds.

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Oh, btw, I ate some mashed potatoes today for the first time. . . Just about 3 tablespoons. . . and ate some French Onion soup. . .Not much of that because I didn't want to over-do, but boy, were they yummy. . . Brought home the left-overs which I figure will be about two meals worth. . . one of which I already had for dinner. . .LOL

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Don't do the fries - or anything else!! You paid a LOT of money and went through so much to reach your goal.. If you wanted to stay fat and eat crapy foods then you never would have had the surgery. Be your best friend, not your own worst enemy! Trust in the process - it works. Keep your protein up - I take Premier Nutrition protein shakes from Costco - 30 g per drink. You won't feel as hungery if you have high protein foods. You also won't lose your hair as badly. I'm down 45 lbs in 3 months.

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