This has been the easiest surgery Ihave ever had, and first I attribute the recovery to really being mentally prepared for the procedure, as well as being informed about the procedure and what to expect. I also had a wonderful doctor, who is extremely talented.
I think that the shot of long acting morphine in my spine pre-op made all of the difference! I had not post-op pain, so I was in a room by 3pm, had broth, and jello at about 7pm, and as soon as the cath was removed I was up and walking by 10 pm. Not having pain was wonderful, and pain control/management post-op is imperrative.
I honestly feel that I would not have done as well without that shot and of course the massive dose of Zofran for the vomiting, so I did not have any bad symptons post-op.
Now, the next point is a wee bit controversial, but the walking..... if you lie around you swell, feel pain, feel icky, and I believe what my Dr. says, the faster you get up, and the more you walk, the better you will feel. There are physicians who do not feel this is so, but mine does, and I know that on the days that I sat around more, I felt worse, so I would say do not over do it, but be sure to get up and about as soon as possible.
If you had seen me after my two laps for endo, and especially after my gallbladder lap, you would not have believed the difference and with all of those procedures, I did not have pain control post-op, and followed the physicians instructions and was not up and about, but rather on my back on the sofa watching the tv.
The LSH is an outstanding procedure, and I myself am still amazed by the recovery! When I graduate in the spring, I am going to finally have a life again, I cannot wait, maybe I will finally find love again, participate in activities again, and just enjoy the life I have been given!
Feel free to email me, or send pm's and I hope that you are also doing well!! I hope taht you had a blessed Thanksgiving, and I also wanted to tell you that was born in a town outside of Boston, and still have family up there!!! It is nice to talk to someone from that area!!