Brian Walsh posted a note for sue that says:
When I had mine I was not in a position to lose much weight either, but it is all up to you. When you come out of the surgery you will have extra water weight so it will appear you have gained weight, but once that water is gone, chances are you will be down a few pounds. Not to worry though just eat as needed and you will get the weight back or maintain it. Within a month I was back to my pre-surgery weight, then at 3 months I think I got the 10lbs I had previously lost back, but once I started back to running again, I got back to as my cardiologist called it my "fighting weight."
Brian Reid posted a note for sue that says:
I had my mitral valve repaired at U of M by Dr. Bolling April 16th 2013. I did not experience any weight loss or gain long term. I recall being about 5 pounds lighter a week or so after surgery but that was it. Good luck you will do great.
Susan Smith posted a note for sue that says:
Sue, I intentionally lost 50 lbs. before surgery at the cardiologist request, but after surgery I lost another 10 lbs. due to diuretics. I was in rehab and I gained weight which was fluid in the lung and that started lots of diuretics and getting weighed daily. I just had more fluid drained from my right lung and lost 2 lbs. I am pretty much even steven on the current weight. You will probably due just fine. I am 3 months out from OHS.
Mike Culpepper posted a note for sue that says:
Like others, I added about 4 lbs. in hospital due to fluids, but at discharge was about same as admissio. Home now about 10days and have lost about 10 lbs. Leveling off now. Goal is to tri another 10-12 in the next month.
Barb Hoth posted a note for sue that says:
You didn't say why you have been losing weight, but it seems like a valid concern. Maybe you can talk to a dietician to help with a plan? I have lost about 3 pounds in three weeks, but I should lose more. The whole episode does affect your appetite. While I was in the hospital I did not gain weight because they were pretty aggressive with diuretics and controlling water intake. Good luck with surgery and a healthy recovery!
Julia Hsu posted a note for sue that says:
I went in at a good weight. Gained 12 lbs 2nd after surgery, back to initial weight when I got out. 6 weeks after surgery, I lost 8 lbs in a week. Now I am back to initial weight, but I think I lost muscles. Use protein supplements & eat 6 small meals a day.
Deb Ziegler posted a note for sue that says:
Initially, you will gain weight.....I gained 10 lbs during the surgery because they pump you full of fluids while you are on the heart bypass machine, but I lost most all of that by the time I left the hospital. I lost about 4 lbs total, but I gained it back during recovery.
Godspeed and good luck,