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Sunday, October 19, 2008

My Flipping Port

I went to see Fuzz on Friday to have my band unfilled so I'd be ready to go to Italy. Apparently the altitude and cabin pressure affects the tightness of the band, so they like folks to be unfilled before air travel. Fuzz couldn't access my port. It's the little, roundish thingie located just under the skin on my abdomen that the Dr. injects the saline into in order to fill and unfill the band. You can see it on the picture. Turns out, my port has flipped completely over. This is a rare complication, but it does happen to band patients from time to time. I had no idea that it had flipped, I never even felt it. When he put the port in, Fuzz stitched it into my abdominal muscle, so it's hard to imagine how it came loose.

Fuzz tried and tried to manipulate it through my skin hoping he could get it to flip back over so he could do the unfill, but no luck. So, this Wednesday I have to go in for some out-patient surgery to have the port re-positioned and stitched back in. He'll unfill me then, too. He's going to access the port by opening the same incision he used during the 1st surgery, so no new scars. They don't have to put me completely under this time, it's done under IV sedation with a local anesthesia.

I'm trying to stay positive about the whole thing. So, here are the positives. First of all, my unfill appointment was originally scheduled for next Friday, 10/24-just 3 days before I leave for Italy. For some reason the hospital rescheduled that appointment for November 14. I called Fuzz's office and told them that I needed the appointment before I left for Italy because of my unfill. So, they squeezed me in for this past Friday. That's good because Fuzz discovered the problem and now has enough time to repair it before I leave. If the appointment had stayed where it was originally was, there'd be no way for him to fix it. I don't know what would have happened.

Secondly, I've already met my out of pocket maximum with my insurance for the year, so any costs connected with this procedure won't be my responsibility. So, if this was going to happen, I'm glad it happened now.

This doesn't change at all how I feel about the band. When I chose the band, I knew that some complications could arise. This one is pretty minor and easily corrected, just a little bump on my road to success!


Stephanie DiMora said...

Wow Tami!! Congratulations on the hard work of your weight loss! Have fun on your trip to Italy!

Tami said...

Thanks, Stephanie!