Pre and Post-operative Bariatric Surgery Care
Updated: Mar 19, 2020
Although it’s normal to be nervous, the day of your weight loss surgery is really an exciting day because it’s a major milestone on your road to a healthier, happier life.
Here is a general overview of how to get ready for your Bariatric Surgery, and what to expect that day.
The Day Before
On the day before your procedure, you will need to follow specific instructions to ensure all goes well the next day. Your team will provide you with a complete list of instructions on how to prepare for the surgery.
Here are two general guidelines
Do not eat or drink anything after midnight. Your stomach must be empty for surgery to minimise the risks during the operation - your surgeon will tell you from what time you need to fast.
Ask a friend or a family member to be at the hospital with you for comfort and support, to ensure you have someone to collect you from hospital, drive you home and stay with you for the first 24 hours
What to Expect on the Day of Surgery
You will be admitted to the hospital in the morning or afternoon of your surgery. You may be in the operating room for two or three hours but the actual procedure typically takes about 1-2 hours depending on the type of your operation.
Then you will spend a few hours in the recovery room.
Once the anesthesia has worn off, you may feel some pain or discomfort, which can usually be treated with ordinary pain relieve medication. The hospital staff will help you get out of bed and start moving as soon as possible to help prevent blood clots and respiratory problems.
Follow-Up Care for Weight Loss Surgery Patients
During the first few weeks after surgery, we do not think about weight loss as you need to take the time to recover from the operation and to start adjusting to your new life after your weight loss surgery.
You will have routine check-ups with your surgeon, ongoing LAP-BAND® System adjustments (if you choose to have gastric banding procedure) and more. We also advise regular contact with your General Practitioner.
However, be patient with yourself in the first weeks after surgery. You have already taken the biggest step – the first one. Your new life and lifestyle you will have to create over time, not overnight. The first month after surgery entails:
Recovery time from surgery
Following strict dietary guidelines, including:
Pureed Food / Soft Foods
Your First Adjustment (only for gastric banding patients)
However, the surgery is not the end of your weight loss journey...
Unfortunately, when you undergo your surgery, the focus at that time by both yourself and the surgeon is on the operation that is about to occur, the TOOL that is going to assist you with your weight loss.
And, in many cases, the follow-up care that is required as a pivotal part of your weight loss success is overlooked - during all the surgical operation.
This aftercare teaches you how you are to begin to live the rest of your life.
Scientific evidence tells us that the right pre and post-surgical care and support are imperative to achieve successful, lasting and positive outcomes after weight loss surgery.
The TRANSFORMED medical weight loss program was developed with the input of a specialist team of Clinical Psychologists, Exercise Physiologists, Nurse Practitioners, Bariatric Surgeons and Dietitians in order to deliver this care that is needed by so many.