The Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass
Instructions and helpful information before and after surgery
Preparing for Surgery
1.) Start taking multivitamins once daily. This will get you in the habit of taking them daily. You may take an over the counter multivitamin or ask us for a prenatal prescription if you have a pharmacy insurance plan that covers prescription vitamins.
2.) Start walking/exercising on a daily basis. Fifteen or twenty minute walks a day would be a good start. Walking will improve your circulation, which is critical for healing, and it will also make breathing easier during recovery.
3.) Practice good hygiene. This can prevent skin infections and yeast infections that may affect incision and wound site healing. You should begin taking two showers per day a few days before you enter the hospital. Careful attention must be given to cleaning the entire trunk from the neck and armpits to the
4.) Get to know your Primary Care Physician (PCP). Your primary care physician plays a major role pre-operatively and post-operatively. He/She should follow your progress, your lab values and your general health more closely. Hence, he/she will be a good resource for any medical concerns. Your co-morbid conditions (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea) will change dramatically after the procedure and therefore, medication changes and dosage adjustments will be necessary.
5.) Attend support group meetings. If at this point you have not attended a support group meeting, do so. These meetings are very helpful, and serve as an invaluable resource for any questions or concerns you may have pre- or post-operatively. We require at least two meetings prior to surgery. Get acquainted with other pre-op and post-op patients who have already and may be going through the same excitement and preparation as you. See your newsletters or the website for locations, times and contact persons.
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