Preparing for Surgery


For our weight loss surgery patients in Phoenix, Tempe, Arrowhead and Tucson, Ariz., preparation begins long before their procedures. Most have been preparing themselves mentally and emotionally for this time for months or even years.

However, when the time actually comes for your surgery, you may find yourself overwhelmed with all of the details. The caring professionals at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona are here to help and to make sure that you are physically and mentally prepared for your life-changing procedure.

If you would like to learn more about any aspect of weight loss surgery, request your consultation online, or register for a free seminar.

Getting Ready

At your first office visit, our dedicated surgeons will answer all of your questions and address your concerns. Our knowledgeable office staff will also go over your insurance coverage, financial information and ownership disclosures, as well as any necessary travel information.

Once you have made the decision to get healthy and improve the quality of your life through bariatric surgery, we will guide you through all of the paperwork and planning that is necessary prior to your procedure. We will also provide you with detailed instructions on ways that you can begin preparing for surgery.

Preoperative Appointment

Two weeks before your scheduled surgery date, you will have a preoperative visit in the office. This visit will include attending to final financial details, looking at test results and clearances from other doctors, as well as  meeting with your surgeon one last time prior to your surgery. You will also meet with the to learn the details of the preoperative protein diet.

Preoperative Care

Our coordinator will call you to finalize the details of your procedure one to three days prior to your surgery. We will also review preoperative instructions with you at this time. If there has been any change in your health, such as a cold or fever, you should let our office know.

The night before the surgery, you may not eat or drink anything after midnight, including coffee or water. Any medications – including supplements, over-the-counter medications, and prescription medications – must be approved by your surgeon and may be taken with a small sip of water.

Day of Surgery

On the day of surgery, we ask that you arrive at least one hour prior to your procedure, having showered and removed all makeup, lotions, and perfumes. You should wear loose, comfortable clothing, as well as comfortable shoes. Please arrange for a responsible adult to bring you to the surgery center on the day of surgery and to drive you home and care for you when you are discharged.

Please bring a list of all medications, both prescription and non-prescription, as well as vitamins and supplements. You will also need your insurance card(s) and driver’s license. Please do NOT bring cash, jewelry or other valuables as we cannot be responsible for lost items.

A nurse will help prepare you for surgery by giving you a gown, slippers and a bag for your clothing and personal items. We will monitor your vital signs prior to surgery. An IV will be started to administer anesthesia and other necessary medications during your procedure. If you have any questions, you will have an opportunity to discuss them with your surgeon or the anesthesiologist prior to surgery.

For information regarding what happens after surgery, visit our recovery and aftercare page.

Let us help you find your ideal weight loss solution. Request your consultation online or RSVP to one of our weight loss seminars today.

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