Before Your Bariatric Surgery
When it is determined that you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery, you may feel excited and anxious, ready to get on with your progress in weight reduction. The waiting period prior to surgery is an excellent time for you to prepare for the changes that will occur in your life. Patients, who begin making lifestyle changes before bariatric surgery, find that they feel stronger and begin to lose weight before surgery.
Before Bariatric or Weight Loss Surgery
Because a patient’s weight is one of the principal risks for surgical complexity and complication, we strongly recommend that the patients lose ten, or more, pounds before weight loss surgery. We find that patients do best if they avoid “the last supper syndrome” and do not over eat prior to surgery. Patients are encouraged to start an exercise regimen, since this will be important during their post-operative phase. Exercise regimens include walking 30 minutes, three times a week for those individuals who can tolerate this. For patients with mobility issues, it is strongly encouraged access to an indoor swimming pool to initiate exercise in a water environment, which renders them relatively weightless. The healthier you are before surgery, the better your body will respond and heal after surgery.
About one to two weeks before surgery you will have an appointment with your surgeon and with Pre-Admission Testing. At that time you will meet with staff, who will help you complete the journey toward your approaching surgical date. A nurse practitioner will review your past medical and surgical history, medications, lab work and tests performed during the bariatric screening process. The anesthesiologist will discuss types of anesthesia consent. Dependant upon the time of your appointment, the entire visit will take approximately two to three hours.
Anesthesia has the final decision regarding preoperative clearance. On an individual basis, additional appointments or tests may be required to complete the process. All bariatric surgery procedures performed at Middlesex Hospital are done under general anesthesia. This type of anesthetic gives you a relaxed and comfortable sleep while your surgeon is working.
You will discuss the risks and benefits of general anesthesia during your pre-admission testing appointment.