Preparing for Weight-Loss Surgery

Preparing for weight-loss surgery is a process. Your surgeon and others at Doctors Hospital Weight Loss and Wellness Center will guide you teach step of the way and make sure you are physically, mentally and emotionally ready for your weight-loss journey. Some important actions to take prior to surgery include:

  • Quit smoking 
  • Ceasing alcohol consumption and aspirin or arthritis medication approximately one month before surgery
  • Discussing blood donation options with your surgeon in case you would need transfusion during surgery. Do this at least one month before surgery as you may want to donate your own blood.

Immediately Following Surgery

You will be closely monitored in a special care unit for at least 24 hours and then moved to your hospital room. Prescribed medication will help with residual pain.

The team will have you do exercises right away to help the blood circulate in your legs properly. We'll help you get up on your feet and walking as soon as you're able.

Depending on the type of surgery you have and how you're recovering, you may be able to leave the hospital in one day (typically with LAP-BAND® procudures) or may stay three-to-five days (most likely with Roux-en-Y surgery).

Before Leaving the Hospital

After surgery, everything you eat will be pureed or liquid. You will eat in small amounts — and very frequently. If you feel nauseous, sucking on ice chips can be helpful. Your surgeon and doctor will advise when you can start on your new diet of whole foods.

Before leaving the hospital, specialists will meet with you about nutrition and meals, exercise plans and support groups. 

Your New Life

After weight-loss surgery, what and how much you eat will change drastically. Your nutritionist and doctor will help you experiment with diet and supplements. It's important that you keep your medical and support teams up to date on how you feel.

It could take a full year to feel "normal." But you'll find that your increased energy and improved psychological state will be your motivation to lead a new, healthy new life.

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Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any surgical procedure. Talk with your doctor about these risks to find out if bariatric surgery is right for you.

If you need a referral to a weight-loss specialist or other physician at Doctors Hospital of Laredo, call our free Direct Doctors Plus® referral service at 1-877-992-1711.

Doctors Hospital Weight Loss and Wellness Center
230 Calle Del Norte
Phone: 956-693-5025
Fax: 956-693-5027