In the ward:
You will be admitted to hospital on the morning of your surgery at 8-10 am (depending on the time of your operation) unless you have specific medical problems that require close monitoring overnight.
You will sign the consent of the operation.
- Once you have been admitted and changed into your theatre gown, you will wait in the ward until theatre is ready.
- A final check between the theatre staff and the ward staff takes place before you go through into the operating theatre.
In the theatre:
You will move onto the theatre bed and a blood pressure cuff, ECG and an oxygen monitor will be attached to you so your anesthetic team can monitor you closely throughout the procedure. Your anesthetist will place a cannula (drip) into a vein and ask you to breathe some oxygen through a plastic facemask. Your anesthetist will then gently send you off to sleep.
- To help prevent blood clots, anti-embolism stockings will be placed on your legs.
In the recovery room:
- You will wake up in the recovery unit with monitoring attached to you.
- You will have a cannula (drip) in your arm.
- One or two small tubes may be placed around the stomach pouch to drain body fluids after the laparoscopic surgery. These are usually removed in one to seven days.
- No nasal tube or urine tubes will be placed.
- You will stay in the recovery room after your surgery for one hour.
- Depending on your medical condition, there is the possibility of being placed in the intensive care unit to closely monitor your heart and lungs.
- To help preventing surgical pain a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) device will be connected to the cannula to dramatically decrease this pain.
Back to the ward:
- You should attempt to stand up and move around as soon as possible, usually within the first 24 hours to prevent blood clots in your legs.
- X-ray film with dye will be taken for your operation to check any leakage within 24 hours of the operation.
- There will be some pain which relieved by strong pain killers.
- You will take some medications and fluids to prevent dehydration till you can start oral fluids.
- You will stay in the hospital approximately one to two days after laparoscopic weight loss surgery depending on your medical condition.
- You will be discharged when you are able to:
- Take enough liquids by mouth
- Have no fever
- Have adequate pain control with medication
Before your discharge, don’t forget to take your medical report and sick leave for 3 weeks.
For your convenience:
- All my team will be in contact with you all the time, including me.
- My accountant or assistant will be responsible for your hospital admission from the start.
- You will be admitted to a hospital suite or separate room with your companion.
- A qualified nurse will be responsible for you during your hospital stay.
- My assistant will take an x-ray film with dye for your operation (if needed).
- If there is any complain you should call me directly at any time.
- I will be with you at the end of the first day and in the morning of the next one.
If you have any complains or obstacles (either medical or non-medical), you should call me directly at any time.
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