Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

If you qualify for weight-loss surgery, your medical team will give you instructions on how to prepare for your specific type of surgery. You may need to have various lab tests and exams before surgery. There may be restrictions on eating and drinking and which medications you can take. You may be required to start a physical activity regimen and to stop any tobacco use. You may also need to prepare by planning ahead for your recovery after surgery.

Let’s assume that you have a good understanding by now of the treatment plan that is best for you. Your bariatric surgeon has reviewed the surgical options with you, and you have decided together what route you’ll be taking.

This list will help you remember what you need to do in the days and even weeks before your procedure:preparing for bariatric surgery image

  • Stop smoking for at least 30 days before bariatric surgery. Among other things, smoking can slow the healing process by narrowing the blood vessels and thus restricting the flow of blood to the healing sites.
  • Recruit a close friend or relative who can drive you home after surgery and possibly stay with you for several days afterward. The after-effects of anesthesia will impair your ability to drive and perform normal functions such as meal preparation, personal hygiene, and even walking. You may also need emotional support as your incisions heal and you become accustomed to your new body.
  • Purchase any supplies that you will need for recovery.
  • Follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding medications.
  • Fill any postoperative prescriptions.
  • Refrain from alcohol use for at least 48 hours before bariatric surgery.

This list does not replace the advice of a qualified bariatric surgeon like Dr. Tsuda. If you are considering weight-loss surgery, Dr. Tsuda and his team of experienced experts will work to prepare you for what to do and what to expect before, during, and after bariatric surgery. Make an appointment to find out how.

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