Weight-loss surgery is like other major surgeries. The best preparation is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to closely follow your doctor's instructions.
Mental and Emotional Preparation
- Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterward.
- Talk to people who have had weight loss surgery.
- Write a letter to yourself and your surgeon explaining your reasons for having the surgery and outlining your plans to maintain your weight loss afterward.
- Start a journal about your experience. Record how you feel now, the obstacles you encounter and the activities you hope to be able to do after surgery.
- Get a letter of support from your family. It helps to know you have people behind you, waiting to help.
- Restrict yourself to a clear liquid diet 12–24 hours before surgery.
- Stop nicotine use at least two months before surgery.
- Follow your surgeon's instructions regarding any medications you are taking.
- Arrive on time the day of surgery with supplies from home for your hospital stay. (Length of stay varies depending on the type of procedure you are having.)
- Bring any special equipment you use for sleep apnea, such as a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device.