Preparing for Surgery & Procedure

Once you and your Doctor decide that you are a good candidate for bariatric surgery, you will need to learn what to expect from the recovery process and create a treatment plan for the best short-term and long-term results . Preparing mentally and physically for surgery is an important step toward a successful weightloss. Understanding the process and your role in it will help you recover more quickly and decrease complications.

Working with Your Doctor

Before surgery, your doctor will perform a complete physical examination to make sure you don’t have any conditions that could interfere with the surgery or the outcomes. Routine tests, such as blood tests and X-rays, are usually performed a week before any major surgery.

  • Discuss any medications you are taking with your family physician to see which ones you should stop taking before surgery
  • Talk with your doctor about options for preparing for potential blood replacement, including donating your own blood, medical interventions and other treatments, prior to surgery
  • If you are taking aspirin or anti-inflammatory medications or warfarin or any drugs that increase the risk of bleeding you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimize bleeding
  • If you smoke, you should stop or cut down six weeks prior to surgery to reduce your risk for complications and improve your recovery
  • Have any tooth, gum, bladder or bowel problems treated before surgery to reduce the risk of infection later
  • Eat a well-balanced diet, supplemented by a daily multivitamin with iron
  • Report any infections to your surgeon. Surgery cannot be performed until all infections have cleared up
  • Arrange for someone to help out with everyday tasks like cooking, shopping and laundry during the recovery process

Preparing for Procedure

If you are having Day Surgery, remember the following:

  • Have someone available to take you home, you will not be able to drive for at least 24 hours
  • Do not drink or eat anything in the car on the trip home from the hospital. The combination of anesthesia, food, and car motion may cause nausea or vomiting
  • After arriving home, wait until you are hungry before trying to eat. Follow post-surgery diet guidelines
  • • Take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty in controlling it