One week before surgery: You will be scheduled for an office visit with our physician assistant or nurse practitioner for a brief history and physical.
Prepare your post-op diet: You should start to prepare yourself for after surgery by shopping ahead of time for things such as protein shakes. Review your handout from the nutritionist to make sure you know what you can and can’t have. You should also shop for vitamins and minerals that are liquid or can be crushed.
Medications: It is important that you speak with your primary care physician before surgery about having your medications changed to a liquid or crushable form. You should pick up these prescriptions at the pharmacy before surgery so that you will have them when you get home.
The Day of Surgery
Remember to pack things such as slippers and comfortable clothes to wear home. You can expect to be in the hospital from one to three nights, depending on your surgery. Some patients spend the first night in the Intensive Care Unit.
Group Meetings: After surgery you should be attending support sessions. These meetings will help you get through the tough times. You may be having trouble with the diet; others can offer advice as to what worked for them.
Appointments: You can call us at Surgical Associates any time you have questions or concerns.
Gastric Bypass: you will be seeing your surgeon every three months for the first year. You will need blood work before your visits at six months, nine months, and twelve months, and yearly thereafter. If abnormalities are discovered, additional tests may be ordered.