Preparations for weight loss surgery begin long before the actual procedure. You will first attend a free NewStart information session, which will provide you with an overview of the process and information about the available surgical procedures.
You will also complete pre-admissions testing, including:
You will then meet with your surgeon to discuss the results of the evaluations and tests. This very thorough process will help determine whether weight loss surgery is the right option for you, identify potential health problems, and reduce the risk of complications.
In addition to undergoing the pre-admission testing, there are several things you can do ahead of time to ensure a successful surgery:
There are also a variety of personal items you can bring from home that will make your stay more comfortable, including:
Do not bring valuables such as jewelry, cash or similar personal items.
Typically, you'll arrive at your Memorial Hermann hospital two hours prior to surgery.
At that time, you will change into a hospital gown and an IV will be started. You will also receive any medications that might be required before surgery. Additionally, you will have a consultation with your anesthesiologist and your surgeon.
After that, you'll be taken to the operating room for surgery. Depending upon the type of procedure, the operation can take between 30 minutes and two hours. When the surgery is complete, you will be moved to the recovery room until you wake up, and you'll be monitored in recovery for about an hour.
From there, you'll be moved to your private room. Your pain will be managed so that you are comfortable and you'll be assisted and encouraged to start walking every two hours during the waking hours.
For most surgeries, you will be taken to radiology the morning after surgery, X-rays will be taken to assess the gastric pouch and to check for any leaks.
Depending upon the procedure and technique, you can expect to be hospitalized one to three days.