How Should I Prepare For My Bariatric Surgery?

Making the decision to take control of your body and your health through bariatric surgery isn’t likely one that you took lightly. As you’ve undoubtedly learned, this type of surgery involves some dramatic lifestyle changes that you need to put into practice before and after the procedure.

To help you better navigate your weight loss surgery journey, our team of bariatric specialists here at the Weight Loss Institute of Arizona pulled together the following tips to help you prepare for your surgery during the months, weeks, and days before.

Months before your bariatric surgery

Once we decide that you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery, we don’t necessarily schedule the surgery straight away. With most types of weight loss surgery, your lifestyle will change dramatically afterward, and we want to make sure that you’re prepared in advance.

As part of the lead-up to your bariatric surgery, our team is here to help guide and prepare you as you make the necessary changes to support your weight loss surgery, which includes dietary changes and exercise. 

We want you to institute these changes well in advance so you become accustomed to a new way of eating and living long before we take the final surgical step.

Weeks before your surgery

Depending on which type of surgery, we may put you on a liquid diet for two weeks before your procedure (this is typically the case with gastric bypass surgery, for example).

We also want you to come in two weeks before your surgery for a preoperative check, during which we finalize details, check your health, and answer any questions you may have.

Days before your surgery

As you approach your surgery date, our coordinator calls you in advance to ensure that you’re still in good health. For example, if you have a virus or infection before your surgery, it could pose a problem and we’ll have to delay the surgery until you’re healthy.

Assuming you’re ready to go, you can use this time to make any preparations on the homefront, such as stocking your fridge with foods you can eat and arranging for any postoperative help you may need in terms of care, help, driving, and time off from work.

Day of surgery

On the day of your surgery, we ask that you arrive at least one hour in advance. Wear comfortable clothing and leave any valuables at home, such as your wallet, purse, and/or jewelry.

Please arrive showered and devoid of any makeup. You should also arrange for someone to drive you to and from our clinic.

Once you’re here, you’re in good hands. We do our part to guide you through the procedure. In fact, our team is with you every step of the way, before, during, and after, which means we’re only a phone call away.

If you have any more questions or concerns about preparing for your bariatric surgery that we didn’t cover here, contact one of our locations in Tempe, Glendale, Mesa, Tucson, or Phoenix, Arizona.

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