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.
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