Post surgery walking and pain...

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   Posted 11/20/2007 2:05 AM (GMT -6)   
I know this is going to sound like a completely off the wall question - but it's late and my back is screaming.

I'm having a gastric bypass done soon - no date yet - and one of the requirements after surgery is to get up and walking ASAP - to help prevent blood clots and such. I'm sure it's also to help those that just dont attempt to exercise to get into the habit ASAP after a weight loss surgery.

My question is - and I haven't brought this up because I just thought of it tonight - do I need to bring my walker with me, or will they have one I can use... and do you think they will understand that I have pain shooting down my legs - it's not that I dont want to walk? Will the pain meds they have me on with the drip for post surgery make the pain not that bad? Any ideas? I know we are buying an eliptical machine because any impact is really rough on my back - but I know that walking and stuff is going to be so important post surgery. Any ideas?
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   Posted 11/20/2007 8:20 AM (GMT -6)   
yes most definatly bring your walker or they will charge you big $$$$ for there's . also bring anything else you have , even cane if you have . I brought some icy hot patches when I felt my back was going out . I use those sometimes . The hospital doesnt carry those and the hospital I was in said yes that was fine to use. I even bring a few of my meds with me , cause if your hospital is like mine after you register adn give the nurse your info it takes forever to get anything ordered . So if I am in pain I take my meds . and then when she brings them around for you just refuse. that way you wont be charged . good luck and keep us posted . Roz

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