Preparation for Weight Loss Surgery

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Should you consider weight loss surgery?

People who have tried all kinds of diets, enrolled in numerous “magical” weight loss programmes and have been working out at the gym like crazy but have not achieved the desired results see weight loss surgery as the last straw.

It is an important step to take, and for some people it might even take up two years from the moment when a patient first starts to think about a weight loss surgery to the actual moment he or she decides to have it. Talk to relatives and friends, talk to doctors and hospital staff. Make an informed decision.

Preparation for weight loss surgery

The preparation for weight loss operation includes examinations and recommendations by medicine professionals such as a bariatric surgeon, an anaesthesiologist, a nutritionist and sometimes even a psychologist. This group works together to generate a treatment plan.

Consider Pros & Cons

Patients must be aware of the risks and benefits of weight loss operation. All in all, any procedure carries some risk and can lead to a great deal of worry. So prepare responsibly.  You must be physically and mentally prepared. In addition, before the operation you have to lose some weight. Most of all, you must be aware of a change in your lifestyle and be willing to maintain your normal weight to guarantee a healthier life.

Here are some questions that you should ask yourself:

  • Have you really tried to lose weight by dieting and sport?
  • Are you psychologically prepared for the surgery and for the change in your lifestyle?

First Consultation


  • Medication you are taking may interfere with weight loss surgery or with the medicine that your doctor will prescribe before and after your surgery. Be prepared to tell your doctor about any medications you are taking or planning to take during recovery. Herbs, minerals and vitamins may also interact with the medication, so tell your doctor about them as well. Here are a few examples of how surgery and surgery-related medicaments can interact with normal medication or food supplements: Aspirin, Coumadin, Plavix and vitamin E can enhance the risk of bleeding during operation. Estrogen hormone medicaments such as birth control pills may enhance the risk of blood clots.
  • After operation, your stomach or the exit of your new stomach will be smaller. Medication can irritate your new stomach sack and lead to nausea or aches, so you may be asked to squash your pills for a few weeks. You should talk to your doctor about the tablets to squash and for how long. Some pills cannot be squashed because they are “sustained release” and must be replaced by a non-sustained release form pills.

In the weeks and days before weight loss surgery