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BonusMom
12-29-2009, 09:38 PM
Due to stress incontinence, I am having a bladder sling installed on Thursday to help prevent the bladder from dropping when vomiting, coughing, etc. It's an outpatient procedure-truly no big deal. The biggest challenge for me will be post-surgical vomiting. I will be starting an all liquid diet after the surgery to lessen my risk of vomiting which could un-do the surgery :(

When I started having symptoms of gastroparesis 11/05, the doctors removed my gallbladder 6/06, although it didn't show signs of disease. The docs thought that the gallbladder might be contributing to be constant vomiting/nausea. The surgery was the easiest procedure I've ever had done. I could've returned to work the following day (a Friday), but opted to wait until after the weekend.

I'm getting a wee bit nervous about Thursday's surgery as it is the first that I've had since being diagnosed with Lupus and Sjogren's Syndrome. I know the physical stress of surgery, along with the mental stress of the holidays and my dad's recent diagnosis, can induce a flare and the recovery may take longer than the four days I've earmarked.

Has anyone else had a bladder sling placed? How was the procedure/recovery? Any reassurance/tips you can offer are appreciated.

sick n tired
12-31-2009, 09:42 PM
Hey Lana...I am having similar problems...and have an appt with my hubby's urologist...maybe that is what he will do for me...my vomiting is often...I am needing a scoping...just haven't had the time to get to any doc lately...I will be praying the surgery is event free and you are able to go the necessary time to quit vomiting...In fact, I will pray that the vomiting stops alltogether....

Have a Happy and healthy New Year, friend....

BonusMom
01-01-2010, 11:03 PM
Due to stress incontinence, I am having a bladder sling installed on Thursday to help prevent the bladder from dropping when vomiting, coughing, etc. It's an outpatient procedure-truly no big deal. The biggest challenge for me will be post-surgical vomiting. I will be starting an all liquid diet after the surgery to lessen my risk of vomiting which could un-do the surgery :(

When I started having symptoms of gastroparesis 11/05, the doctors removed my gallbladder 6/06, although it didn't show signs of disease. The docs thought that the gallbladder might be contributing to be constant vomiting/nausea. The surgery was the easiest procedure I've ever had done. I could've returned to work the following day (a Friday), but opted to wait until after the weekend.

I'm getting a wee bit nervous about Thursday's surgery as it is the first that I've had since being diagnosed with Lupus and Sjogren's Syndrome. I know the physical stress of surgery, along with the mental stress of the holidays and my dad's recent diagnosis, can induce a flare and the recovery may take longer than the four days I've earmarked.

Has anyone else had a bladder sling placed? How was the procedure/recovery? Any reassurance/tips you can offer are appreciated.

I took my pain meds with "real" food (crackers) and ended up vomiting. If I'd done as I promised myself, I would have taken the meds with a smoothie and this would not have happened. Tomorrow's a new day and I need to honor my commitment to myself so that I don't undo the surgery I just had.

Other than the above setback, recovery is going well and I should be back to work on Monday.

BonusMom
01-01-2010, 11:24 PM
Hey Lana...I am having similar problems...and have an appt with my hubby's urologist...maybe that is what he will do for me...my vomiting is often...I am needing a scoping...just haven't had the time to get to any doc lately...I will be praying the surgery is event free and you are able to go the necessary time to quit vomiting...In fact, I will pray that the vomiting stops alltogether....

Have a Happy and healthy New Year, friend....

Unfortunately, retching/vomiting due to gastroparesis puts stress on other parts of the body, which is why I needed the bladder sling. I have another gastric emptying scan scheduled for Jan. 11. If it shows delayed motility (still), my motility specialist will seek approval from my insurance company to implant a gastric pacemaker. I don't expect it will be automatically approved and will then have to appeal the decision. Surgery, if authorized, will not be for several months. The hydrogren breath test I had done in November wss negative for SIBO-- this time. In case you didn't know, SIBO is also a symptom of delayed gastric emptying.

I urge you to see a good GI to determine the cause of your vomiting. Although I realize you're under a tremendous amount of stress, please don't allow the doctor to poo poo you, attributing the vomiting to stress. Insist on their doing a complete work up to get to the root of the problem.