Preparation for Surgery
Weight loss surgery is like other major surgeries. The best preparation is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to closely follow your doctor's instructions.
To mentally prepare yourself:
- Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterwards. If you have questions, you can call our office and ask to speak to our clinical team (Physician Assistant, Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitian, and support staff). Our team is available to guide you through the surgical weight loss journey. Call our main office at 412-741-8862.
- Talk to people who have had weight loss surgery; you are welcome to come to a weight loss surgery (WLS) Support Group--we have them every month at two locations.
- Write a letter to yourself and your surgeon explaining your reasons for having the surgery and outlining your plans to maintain your weight loss after surgery.
- Start a journal about your experience. Record how you feel now, the obstacles you encounter, the things you hope to be able to do after surgery.
- Talk to the clinical psychologist about your feelings and get his/her help in planning some "coping strategies" for after surgery.
- Get a letter of support from your family. It helps to know you have people behind you, waiting to help.
To physically prepare yourself, strictly follow your doctor's guidelines. These usually include, but are not limited to:
- Restricting yourself to a clear liquid diet 12-24 hours before surgery.
- Stop smoking for at least a month before surgery.
- Be certain to follow your surgeon's instructions regarding any medications you may be taking to control other health conditions.
- Arrive on time, with supplies from home for a three- to four-day hospital stay.
- If you use special equipment for sleep apnea, you should bring your machine to the hospital.