Preparing For Surgery

Weight loss surgery is like other major surgeries. The best preparation is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to closely follow Mehta Bariatric Center’s instructions.

To mentally prepare yourself:

  • Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterwards.
  • Talk to people who have had weight loss surgery.
  • Write a letter to yourself and your surgeon explaining your reasons for having the surgery and outlining your plans to maintain your weight loss after surgery.
  • Start a journal about your experience. Record how you feel now, the obstacles you encounter, the things you hope to be able to do after surgery.
  • Make sure you have support from your family. It helps to know you have people behind you, waiting to help.

To physically prepare yourself, strictly follow Mehta Bariatric Center’s guidelines. These usually include, but are not limited to:

  • Stop smoking for at least 4 weeks before surgery.
  • Be certain to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding any medications you may be taking to control other health conditions.
  • Arrive on time, with supplies from home for a two to three day hospital stay. If you use special equipment for sleep apnea, you should bring your machine to the hospital.

Bariatric patients have more choices than ever, not to mention better and safer ones. Operative mortality for most contemporary weight loss surgeries has fallen to less than 1/200 while permanent and significant weight loss has been achieved in multiple published reports. For the growing population of morbidly obese Americans, bariatric surgery has cemented its place as the most effective weight loss treatment available.

Suggested things to bring to the hospital:

  1. Loose comfortable clothing to go home with. (wear the same clothes you came in)
  2. Slip on slippers
  3. Robe *
  4. Chap stick
  5. Hand crème, body lotion
  6. Loose underwear
  7. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  8. Shampoo and soap
  9. Deodorant
  10. Hairbrush
  11. Splenda or Equal

*The hospital provides large enough lose hospital gowns. They are the easiest thing to wear while in the hospital. You will have an IV in for most of your stay and the hospital gowns are IV friendly.

Things you may like to have after surgery:

Recliner – Optional, you can rent these if you don’t have one. . . they are essential for your comfort when you are first recovering.

Baby Food Dishes – Some will be divided dishes with lids. They are a perfect size and can help with portion control and adding variety to your diet.

Diet scale, measuring spoons, and measuring cups — It’s always better to measure out your food. This acts as an aide in preventing you from over eating (yes, this can happen, especially when you’re first adjusting to your new pouch). . .old habits are hard to break!!! Put your food on smaller dishes too. Sometimes it can help “trick” the eye.

Straws – This helps to SLOW down how much fluid you take in a sip.

Blender, Food Processor, Mini Chopper, Food Mill – Anyone of these items will help you to pulverize food. It is important to keep in mind that, especially for the next 4 – 6 weeks, you must not eat anything with chunks of food in it. . .and chew well.