Bariatric Surgery: What To Expect Before and After
We’ve talked a lot here about how to determine whether you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery, and if you’re just beginning to think about it, then you should go back and read some of those articles.
But if you’ve made the decision and want a little more information as you prepare, here’s a glimpse into what to expect:
1. You’ll be admitted to the hospital for your bariatric surgery. You’ll want to bring supplies from home for your stay, which could range from one to three days, depending on the surgery. In particular, it’s wise to bring books and possibly your laptop – it can be a very tedious time otherwise!
2. If you’re on any medication and your bariatric surgeon has approved your continuing to take them, bring them with you.
3. If you use special equipment for sleep apnoea, bring your machine to the hospital with you.
4. You’ll be asked to sign informed consent paperwork appropriate to your bariatric surgery once you arrive at the hospital.
After the bariatric surgery, which lasts between 40 minutes and three hours depending on the type of operation, what previous abdominal surgery you’ve had and your BMI, you’ll be brought to the recovery room. You’ll be monitored by the nursing team as youÂ wake upÂ from the anesthesia. After that you’ll be brought back to your room.
1. With laparoscopic bariatric surgery, post-operative pain and discomfort are minimal. You will be given medication to control what is still there.
2. Some surgeons will leave a drain to detect clinical leaks after your operation
3. As soon as you are able, you’ll be encouraged to get out of bed and move around; after all, you had bariatric surgery, not surgery on your legs! This will help your circulation and expand your lungs
Your bariatric surgeon will give you specific information about what your hospital stay will be like; make sure that you ask him or her any questions you may have.