The surgery in Tijuana went fine. I was very anxious but it turned out to be better than I thought and LESS painful than I imagined. Dr. Andres Betancourt was superb and very nice. The hospital was in the middle of a shopping center which surprised us all. But the inside was clean and efficient.
Wish I could have had this done FIFTY years ago, but, alas, it wasn't available.
(GORY DETAILS: [SKIP if you wish.] After full anesthesia, they put a large tube [40 fr Bougie] down into your stomach to act as a form to reduce the stomach onto.
One Hour Post Surgery
A day later they did a barium swallow X-Ray to check for leaks. [I have a copy.] NO LEAKS!)
Copious amounts of pain killer was given to me along with antibiotics. All food (sic) was provided in small, frequent amounts. I had to drink A LOT of water. Walking, though slightly painful, was very much encouraged.
My first night in Recovery House
On the second day we went shopping! What a delightful experience. We ran into Dr. Betancourt and had a very nice visit.
On the third day after surgery, they took us directly to the airplane gate in San Diego, via the hospital van.
I'm black and blue but survived the airplane trip with only mild discomfort. Mary Ann and Ted picked me up at the Baltimore airport thankfully.
Being home is nice. I'm better every day, not hungry and doing well.
The regimen from now on is only clear liquids for two weeks, then full liquids for another week, then pureed foods (baby food) for a week, then soft foods for the next week. Then on January 7th, I can eat most regular food albeit in small amounts. After 10 weeks, I can have coffee, wine and can lift things again. I want to lose 60#.
I'm looking forward to all the benefits.
I'LL REPORT BACK IN A WEEK.