Preparation for surgery is not very complicated. Here are a few simple steps.
The day before surgery:
Pack your hospital bag. This should ideally contain:
- Face towels and wet tissues
- Two pairs of loose-fitting garments
- Comfortable undergarments
- A book or magazine
- iPod, loaded with soft, calming music
- Chapstick or lip balm
- Moisturizing lotion
- Comfortable slippers with non-slip soles, that are easy to get on and off
- Eye-patch, hair-band, ear plugs, breath-freshener spray
Arrange for a responsible adult (your spouse, a relative or a close friend) to drive you to the hospital and stay there with you until you are discharged. Eat or drink nothing after midnight - this means no tea or coffee the morning of your surgery.
The day of your surgery:
Be careful about the medications you take. If you take insulin, take half to three-fourths of your morning insulin dose as directed by your physician. Take only your blood-pressure, heart and asthma medications with a small sip of water. Do carry all your medications and recent blood reports (including X-rays and sonographies) with you.
Take a shower before coming to the hospital. Do not carry money, valuable belongings or jewellery with you. Do not wear make-up, fingernail or toenail polish and trim your nails short. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. Please arrive at the hospital at the instructed time.
At the hospital
Please check yourself in at the admission desk at the ground floor. After registration, you will be directed to your room. Give your purse or wallet and mobile phone to the person accompanying you. Please remove any dentures, glasses, hearing aids, contact lenses, hairpins and combs before going into surgery; give these items to your companion. Be prepared for a potential long wait - carry a book or magazine.
The day after surgery:
Please make arrangements to have someone pick you up from the hospital when you are being discharged. Your hospital stay should be about one day for Lap Band patients and two days for Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy patients.
Avoid driving till about 5 days after the surgery. You can have a shower as the dressings we use are waterproof. The stitches will dissolve on their own. Do not worry if the dressings come off - just use a small band-aid over the wound. Finally, make sure you visit the doctor seven days after your surgery.