Preparation for surgery

Mental Preparation:

  • Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterwards.
  • Deciding your weight loss surgery.
  • Deciding in which hospital you want to be admitted.
  • Talk to people who have had weight loss surgery – they can be of great support before, and after surgery.
  • Carefully review your guide for nutrition following surgery.
  • Continue educating yourself as well as your family and friends about weight loss surgery.
  • Explaining your reasons for having the weight loss surgery for yourself and outlining your plans to maintain your weight loss after surgery.

Physical Preparation:

  • Follow pre-surgery diet instructions strictly.
    • Before weight loss surgery, it is essential that you follow a very low calorie diet. It includes:
      • Fluids: You need to drink at least 2 liters of the following fluids per day:
        • Water or mineral water
        • Diet soft drink
        • Tea, Coffee, Nescafe, etc.
        • Skimmed milk
        • Vegetable soups
      • Fruits except bananas
      • Vegetables except potato and sweet potato
      • Artificial sweeteners
    • This will:
      • Reduce the size of your liver which would otherwise be in the way
      • Help to reduce the risk of complications associated with the surgery
      • Lower body fat levels for better access for the surgeon
      • Reduce operating time
      • Improved physical function and mobility post-surgery
  • Stop smoking one week before surgery.
  • Start exercise one week before surgery.
  • Follow directions about taking your regular medications:
    • Start taking one multivitamin daily one week before surgery.
    • Stop Aspirin, Advil, Celebrex or other pain killer one week before surgery.
    • Stop Marevan or other anti-coagulating agents one week before surgery.
    • Stop replacement hormones and birth control pills (and find other alternate for birth control) one week before surgery.
  • You will require 1 to 3 weeks off from work after your operation – please make arrangements.
  • Remember to bring your ID, your investigations and your referral to the hospital on the day of your admission.
  • Consider obtaining extra help at home for the first few days after surgery.
  • One week before your hospital admission, please call either my accountant or my assistant for hospital booking of your procedure.
  • It is understood that you will have had a thorough shower prior to admission, and that you bring along everything you require for your hospital stay.
  • If your operation is in the morning, you should not eat or drink from midnight the preceding day. If your operation is in the afternoon, you may have a light breakfast at 6 O’clock in the morning, but fast after that.

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