Preparing for Bariatric Surgery
When you're preparing for bariatric surgery, we're here to help reduce your stress, minimize your risk of complications, and support you throughout your weight loss journey.
We understand that weight loss surgery is more than an operation—it's a life-changing event that impacts how you look and feel.
We believe that effective treatment for obesity goes beyond the operating room, and that the better prepared you are for your procedure, the better your surgical outcomes will be.
- gastro-intestinal tests
- electrocardiogram (EKG)
These tests help our bariatric surgeons confirm that your condition makes you a good candidate for weight loss surgery, The tests give our surgical weight loss care team vital information about any pre-existing conditions.
You’ll meet with our surgical weightloss care team for consultation and evaluation, including:
- Registered Dietitian
- Physical Therapist
During this session we will consider active psychosis, alcohol/substance abuse, and mental illness. We will discuss your social and family situation and support systems. We will also review alternative plans in the event that you are not a candidate for surgery. In general, we will explore whether you are ready at this time to commit to the work of becoming a healthier you.
Our Dietitian will record your weight and height and review your medical status and health issues. Together, you will review your prior weight loss attempts, your expectations for your recovery, and your willingness to follow the NWH post-operative program. Your Dietitian will be with you every step of the way, from consult to post surgery.
During this test, you will consume barium contrast with water. Your surgeon will be able to follow the barium as it makes its way through your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine called the duodenum. Your surgeon will be taking X-ray images to record the findings for your surgeon to review with you.
This test examines the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum using a small camera inserted down the throat. You will be provided a numbing spray that will help your throat relax and ease the process. You can expect little or no pain during this test.
X-rays of your chest will scan your heart, lungs, airway, blood vessels, and lymph nodes.
This test will check for any problems in the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings on paper.
Pre-Surgical Lifestyle Changes
Preparing for bariatric surgery involves several lifestyle changes designed to help reduce risks during your weight loss procedure and make your recovery period easier. You may be introduced to our Alter G anti-gravity treadmill. The Alter G treadmill reduces the force of gravity, allowing people who are severely overweight or have joint disease or other fitness-limiting conditions to be able to participate in aerobic exercise.
If you smoke and you'd like help quitting, Northern Westchester Hospital offers a free smoking cessation clinic where you'll learn tips and techniques to help you become a non-smoker. You will reduce your risk of complications during the surgery if you quit smoking. Stopping smoking also helps to prevent blood clots, anesthetic risks, and infections after the procedure.
Modify Your Diet
Your surgeon will likely order specially-designed meal plan for you that includes high-protein, low-fat meal replacement shakes to help reduce the amount of fat around your liver and spleen. This helps to increase the chance of a successful surgery.
You may also be directed to eliminate sugar, carbonated beverages, and caffeine from your pre-op diet.
Gradually Reduce or Stop Certain Medications
If you are taking prescription or over-the-counter medications like blood thinners, anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), steroids, and birth control pills, be sure to discuss this with your weight loss surgery team before your surgery date. You may need to either gradually reduce or completely stop certain medications one to two weeks before your procedure.
Plan for Success!
Stock up on healthy foods before your weight loss surgery and remove unhealthy food from your house. Plan to take time off work. Find help with child care, household chores, and your pets, especially during the first week you are home when you need around-the-clock care.
To learn more about preparing for bariatric surgery, call us at 877.677.1077 or find contact information online - we're here for you.