Preparing for Surgery
Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
Educate yourself about obesity and weight loss surgery . Learn about the risk associated with obesity, weight loss surgery operations, the risks and benefits of each operation, and the potential complications after surgery.
Make an appointment for a Weight Loss Surgery Consultation.
Complete your medical work-up as instructed and the psychological evaluation
Bring the forms and any health information you deem necessary to your consultation
Start checking things off the Preparatory Weight Loss Surgery checklist
Learn about Medications and Weight loss surgery
Start reading your weight loss operation Diet Guide
Read the Preparatory Surgery Guide to learn more about what you can do to get ready for surgery, your hospital stay and what to expect after surgery.
Attend our Rules Class Support Group – meet patients that already had weight loss surgery, and learn about what it takes to be successful with long term weight loss.
Preparing for your day of surgery
Schedule your pre-op office visit
Bring the results of any medical work-up you have completed with you
Pre-pare for the 10 day Liver Shrinking diet (10 day liquid diet if BMI > 40)
Protein Shakes (very low sugar <5gm/serving)
Sugar Free Liquids
Re-read your Weight Loss Surgery Diet Guide
Start checking things off the Pre-Operative Check list
Don’t forget the:
If you have or were diagnosed with sleep apnea bring your mask and tubing with you to the hospital.
If you are on anticoagulants (blood thinners) and/or NSAIDs remember to stop them before surgery as instructed by your surgeon.
The night before and morning of your operation don’t forget the Hibiclense shower.
Use the Weight Loss Surgery path to home guide as your recovery guide
Review your Discharge Instructions
Check the Discharge Medication Reconciliation list, you will obtain at the time of discharge from the hospital - for instructions on what to do with your home medications
Use the Immediate Post-Op Diet instruction sheet to remind you what to eat and drink after surgery. The Diet Guide is THE reference you should use for any questions about your diet after surgery.
Start learning about Protein and Food
Please refer to Safe use of Pain meds to help you treat your pain after surgery safely
Use the Journal to help you track your fluid and protein intake during the more challenging period after surgery.
For your convenience the Follow-Up schedule is here for your reference. It explains when to follow-up in the office and what labs need to be drawn and when.
Attend your first Rules Class Support group 1 month after surgery