Day of Surgery
It’s Finally Here!
The Day of Your Weight Loss Surgery
The Dos and Don’ts
For many of our bariatric surgery clients, the long-anticipated day of surgery is an exciting end to a long wait. It’s often referred to by postsurgical clients as their “birthday,” because of the life-changing transformation that follows.
Preparing for the day of bariatric surgery is like preparing for many other surgeries. Dr. Umbach will have specific instructions for you to follow some of which include the following:
- Do not drink or eat anything prior to surgery, beginning at midnight before the day of the surgery – ask Dr. Tom about BevMD, a specialized, preoperative nutritional drink that you may be able to take before surgery.
- Most medicines can be taken the day of surgery, just with small sips of water (however, Dr. Umbach will have instructions regarding specific medications).
- Do NOT bring your medications to the hospital. The ones you need will be provided.
- Bring your CPAP machine, if you have one, for use in the hospital.
- Arrive early; some hospitals and surgery centers require clients to be up to two hours early. The exact time will be given to you when you register at the hospital the week before.
At Your Arrival
When you arrive, you will undergo a few preoperative steps. You will change out of your clothes and see your nurses, Dr. Tom, as well as your anesthesiologist. We will offer you our scientifically formulated preoperative beverage, Clearfast® to keep you hydrated and nourished. Clearfast® can safely be taken several hours prior to surgery and prepares your body for a quicker recovery by providing essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients.
An IV line will be started to keep you hydrated and to administer medications such as antibiotics. IV and oral pain medications are also given at this time. The preoperative experience is often a short one, after which you will be taken to the operating room.*
If you are not under anesthesia before you get to the operating room, you will be given anesthetics once you arrive. You will then be intubated and your surgeon will perform the operation. Both the bypass and sleeve are fairly short procedures lasting about 60 minutes. Dr. Tom will meet your family and/or support person in the recovery room immediately after the operation.*
After surgery, Dr. Tom and your healthcare team will make sure your vital signs are acceptable and arrange for you to be taken to the recovery room.
In the early days after surgery, you may not feel much different. Even though you’ve taken a big step, you may find yourself asking what has changed. In the recovery room, you can expect to have some discomfort and feel the effects of the surgery (this can last for several days).
Management of postoperative pain is simple and straight-forward. Because the operations are laparoscopic and clients can drink immediately after surgery, oral pain medication is given. The nursing staff can supplement this at any time. Just notify your nurse, as soon as possible, that you need more pain medications. Most clients find the postoperative pain to be more of a discomfort that quickly resolves.*
*Individual results may vary
Blossom Bariatrics in Las Vegas, Nevada, is home to nationally renowned, board-certified and fellowship-trained surgeon, Dr. Tom Umbach. With more than 15 years of specialized experience in gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, Dr. Umbach has been named one of the “Nation’s Leading Bariatric Surgeons” and “Best Healthcare Consultants.” Together with his compassionate staff, Dr. Umbach attracts clients worldwide with unparalleled pre- and post-operative support, unmatched pricing, a convenient location and world-class expertise.