In The Hospital

Several days prior to your procedure, the hospital will call you for a final touch-base. At this time, they will likely ask a few questions and then give you thorough instructions for the time leading up to your treatment. This is meant to be a final review of what is expected before and leading up to the day of surgery to ensure that you’re comfortable and informed.

If the hospital mentions anything that was not already discussed with your bariatric surgeon, please call Lumin Bariatric Weight Loss for clarification. A few important factors to keep in mind while preparing for your procedure include:

  • Bring your CPAP or BIPAP machine (if you have one) to the hospital with you.
  • Bring your protein drinks with you to the hospital, about enough to last for 3 days.
  • If you are feeling ill in the week before your operation, please let your surgeon know right away.
  • If you’ve been diagnosed with any new medical issues, been prescribed any new medications or undergone any surgeries in the time between your last meeting with your surgeon and the day of your procedure, please notify our office immediately.

The Day of Surgery

Congratulations on reaching the much-anticipated date of your bariatric surgery! Excitement and slight nervousness are normal emotions on this day – If you have any last-minute questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact your surgeon or the Lumin Bariatric Weight Loss office. We have provided a generic overview of the schedule and expectations for your surgery day.

Please note that these guidelines may not be inclusive of all that is involved in the day of your procedure and may vary based on patient.

  • Generally, it is expected for patients to arrive at the hospital about 2 hours before their surgery. This allows our nurses ample time to inquire about your medical and surgical history. Although we will have your medical records on file, they will review everything once more to ensure a clear understanding of you as a patient.
  • Oftentimes, if you have an extensive medical and surgical history, we recommend bringing a printed list of issues, past procedures, allergies and current medications.
  • At this time, you will change into a hospital gown and the nurse will give you medications to help prevent blood clots, nausea and pain.
  • Next, our anesthesiologist will visit with you to review your medical and surgical history. We understand that this can seem tedious and you may be asked the same questions by several people, but this helps to ensure caution and individualized, patient-centric care.
  • The anesthesiologist will then ask for your permission to give you a regional block once you are asleep in the operating room. A regional block is a long-acting numbing medication that will be injected into the muscle of the abdominal wall. Many patients report excellent post-operative pain control with this additional medication.
  • Around this time, your bariatric surgeon will stop by to say hello and see how you’re doing. At this time, you will be asked to sign a consent form (if it was not completed previously). If you have any questions, be sure to voice them! If you think of a few, write them down so you don’t forget.

Your Bariatric Surgery

  • It’s time! You will be carefully rolled into the operating room, which can be slightly cold. After transferring into the operating room bed, our nurses will supply you with warm blankets while our anesthesiologist will use the operating room monitors to verify your vitals and oxygen levels.
  • The anesthesiologist will give you oxygen to breathe as well as a combination of medications to make you fall asleep.
  • Total operation times vary widely, depending on the surgery being performed. Generally, adjustable gastric bands (lap bands) take about 90 minutes while duodenal switches can take about 6 hours from start to finish. Additionally, gastric bypasses are typically performed in about 4 hours and a sleeve gastrectomy is usually expected to take about 2 ½ hours. If you have undergone surgery before, procedures can take up to an additional 2 hours to be completed.

After Surgery

  • Once your procedure is finished, the surgeon will speak to your family or friends at the hospital. You’ll be taken directly to the recovery room, where it can take about 30 – 45 minutes before you are awake and alert enough to have visitors. Once you’re fully awake, your family will be invited to see you.
  • Additional post-operative expectations are based on the type of procedure you’ve had and how you’re feeling as you recover. At Lumin Bariatric Weight Loss, we typically expect patients to be up and walking around about 4 hours after surgery. Most patients will also be given liquids to drink immediately.
  • Your pain will be controlled by a combination of 5 different medications, including ketorolac, acetaminophen, gabapentin, an oral narcotic and an intravenous narcotic. The first three will be given to you right away, without your having to request them. If your pain is not controlled with these medications, you can ask your nurse for the additional pain medicines.
  • Nausea after your bariatric surgery is common. You will have at least 2 medications for nausea. If you continue to feel nauseated or are vomiting, please request to speak with your nurse.
  • Most patients will spend one night in the hospital for monitoring and will then be released the day after surgery. We want to ensure that, once at home, you don’t need to return to the hospital due to post-operative pain or nausea!
  • Your surgeon will see you the day after your procedure. If you have any questions before going home, don’t forget to write them down ahead of time so you can ask at this time. If you are feeling well, you’re taking liquids without issue and your pain is controlled, your surgeon will clear you for discharge. Most patients can expect to leave the hospital in the early-to-mid afternoon hours on the day after surgery.
We hope that these guidelines provide an in-depth look at what the day of your bariatric surgery may resemble. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced bariatric surgeons, please get in touch with our team using the form on our Contact page.

Surgery Preparation