We want our patients to carefully prepare for bariatric surgery. When you understand what’s going to happen you will be prepared for a safe and successful outcome. The instructions below are a short list. You likely already know what to take to the hospital, how to prepare your home, including the best foods and medicines.
Losing ten pounds before surgery will shrink your liver, decrease surgery time, lower risks and decrease bleeding.
You may have nothing to eat or drink after the midnight preceding surgery.
You may take needed medications (such as heart or blood pressure medications) with sips of water the morning of surgery.
Do not take any aspirin, Advil, Nuprin, Aleve or any other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication for 7 days prior to surgery. These medications cause unnecessary bleeding after surgery. This includes baby aspirin and most arthritis medications. If you are not sure, please check with your surgeon. For headache or minor pains you may use Tylenol. You may restart these medications the next day after surgery.
Do not take estrogen, progesterone or hormone replacement medications for one month prior to surgery, one week at a minimum.
Do not take any herbal medications for 7 days prior to surgery.
Please bring your medications in properly labeled pharmaceutical bottles for documentation of dosages.
You will need to make arrangements for someone to drive you home after you are discharged from the hospital or surgery center.
You will be on a liquid diet for one week after surgery. Stock up on sugar-free liquids: Crystal Light, fruit juices, apple sauce, yogurt, sugar-free pudding, sugar-free jell-o, thin soups and caffeine-free teas. If you do not like the flavor of chicken broth, make chicken noodle soup and strain out the solids. Avoid carbonated beverages (fills the stomach with gas). Avoid sugar (extra calories that fight against weight loss). Caffeine makes you urinate more and can lead to dehydration.
You will need to drink plenty of liquids to prevent dehydration after surgery. Sport drink bottles with measurements on the side will help ensure you are drinking enough liquid. You will need to drink at least 64 ounces (four 16 ounce bottles) per day to prevent dehydration. You will not be able to gulp liquids so you will want to drink small amounts throughout the day.
If your insurance company has agreed to cover your surgery, you will need to contact them prior to entering the hospital. They may have special requirements you need to fulfill prior to your surgery.
If you will be in the hospital after surgery, you may want to bring bottled water, sugar-free hard candy and comfortable shoes.
For added pain relief after surgery, it is a good idea to take ibuprofen 400mg (two 200mg tablets) every 4 to 6 hours for the first 3 days.
Start taking your daily Flintstones vitamin before surgery. Any multi-vitamin is fine, but large pills are difficult to take after band surgery. Some patients prefer Costco chewable vitamins, Centrum chewable vitamins, other children’s vitamins, liquid vitamins or breaking a normal vitamin pill in half.
Additional helpful resources are listed below. Please be sure to review and you can always contact our office with questions or for clarification. (480)500-5080.