What To Expect for the Day of Your Surgery
At Northern Westchester Hospital, we understand that you might have questions about the bariatric surgery process. Here's a brief overview of what you can expect the day before and during your hospital stay for your weight loss procedure.
The Night Before Your Procedure
On the evening before your bariatric surgery, it's important to stop eating and drinking completely by midnight to make sure your stomach is empty.
If you take either prescription or over-the-counter medications, including vitamins and natural supplements, ask your surgical weight loss team at NWH for special pre-op medication instructions. You may need to stop taking your pills before your operation.
Arriving at Northern Westchester Hospital
Plan to arrive a few hours ahead of your scheduled operation time. You can find driving directions and parking information find driving directions and parking information here.
At the hospital, you'll be directed to the surgery area. We will admit you to the hospital and provide you with a hospital ID band. You will be asked several times to confirm your name, date of birth, and the procedure you will have. It’s not because we’ve forgotten you! This is a regular part of our patient safety protocol.
Pre-Op Bariatric Surgery Process
You'll change into hospital gowns, and you will meet with your anesthesiologist and one of the nurses that will be with you during your bariatric procedure. We'll weigh you right before your weight loss surgery. Your body mass index (BMI) will be re-calculated.
We will start an intravenous (IV) so that it’s ready to deliver sedation during your operation. You can have a friend or family member keep you company in the pre-op area.
Afterwards, we'll escort you to the surgical suite where your procedure will take place. You can expect to spend about one to three hours in surgery. You'll be asleep for most of this time.
After Your Weight Loss Surgery
After your procedure, you will spend a couple of hours in the recovery area, where our specialized recovery nurses will carefully monitor you while the anesthesia wears off. If you experience any pain, nausea or discomfort, your nurse will be there to help you.
We will help you get out of bed and start moving as soon as safely possible. This helps reduce the risk of developing blood clots and respiratory issues. We'll encourage you to practice breathing exercises that will help clear your lungs.
You might wake up with a dry mouth and raspy voice after any type of operation. You may feel thirsty. Be sure to ask your care team before eating or drinking anything. You will likely need to give your stomach a few days to heal and can expect to be on a liquid diet for several weeks after your procedure.
Your Hospital Stay
The length of your hospital stay depends on the procedure you have, your overall health, and your surgical outcomes. Most bariatric surgery patients spend two to three days at Northern Westchester Hospital.
Before you leave, your weight loss surgeon will evaluate you to ensure you are well enough to go home. Our discharge team will provide you with detailed instructions about your diet and care of your surgical site.
To learn more about the bariatric surgery process here at Northern Westchester Hospital, call us at 877.677.1077. Review our Steps to Surgical Weight Loss, or register online for our bariatric surgery seminar.