Weight Loss Surgery Preparation | UnityPoint Health Des Moines

Preparation for Bariatric Surgery

  • Prior to surgery you will attend a schedule appointment with your provider in which you will schedule surgery, review informed consent, H. pylori testing, and review changes in medications if needed.
  • You will be given information on your pre-surgical diet. A pre-surgical diet is necessary to decrease the size of your liver to enhance surgical access to your stomach. The diet will consist of a two week, 1200 calorie diet, followed by a two day full liquid diet.
  • Labs - will be drawn the morning of surgery and may cause rescheduling of your surgery if abnormal.
  • Vena Cava filter placement - for patients at high risk of blood clots, your surgeon may choose to have a filter placed in you vein prior to your surgery to prevent blood clots from traveling to your lungs. This may be removed a few weeks after surgery.
  • For patients at a high risk of blood clots, you may be placed on blood thinner shots when you leave the hospital for a few weeks after the surgery.
  • Prepare yourself to drink 64 oz of water daily to remain hydrated and aid in a faster recovery.
  • Try to get at least 30 minutes of activity a day for a faster; smoother recovery.

What to Bring to Your Bariatric Surgery

  • Personal care items
  • Insurance card
  • Current medications
  • CPAP or BiPAP machine, if you use one for sleep apnea
  • Your guidebook and information from pre-surgery class
  • Cell phone
  • Remember not to eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery
  • You may take some medication as directed by surgeon on the morning of surgery with a sip of water. 

Current Patients

If you are a current patient with UnityPoint Clinic Weight Loss - West Des Moines working toward surgery, please login to see your progress here.