On the Day of Gastric Banding Surgery


It's natural to be nervous on the day of Gastric Banding Surgery but at the same time you can be excited as it's a milestone your journey to a healthier and happier life.

Preparing for Surgery

Before you have the surgery, your gastric banding surgeon will discuss your procedure in detail with you. It is also very important for you to discuss your overall health and your health history with him. You need to let your surgeon know if you are allergic to any drugs, have any current / past health conditions, or have ever had a bad reaction to anesthesia. In addition to this, make a list of all the medications that you take how ever small it is, including aspirin, injections, all prescription and over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, vitamins, and recreational drugs, and give it to your surgeon.

Your doctor / surgeon may also want you to meet with other medical experts, such as a dietitian and / or psychologist, to help you understand what will happen during and after the gastric banding surgery process. They will help you make sure that you are emotionally and mentally prepared for the up coming surgery and your new life afterwards. You will be required to have a number of tests before your surgery to evaluate your general state of health.

On the day before your gastric procedure, you will need to listen and follow the specific instructions to ensure a smooth surgery the next day. Your surgeon or medical team will provide you with a complete list of the do's and dont's on how to prepare for the surgery.

Here are two general guidelines:

1. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day before surgery this way your stomach will be empty for surgery to minimize risks during the gastric banding operation.
2. Ask a friend or a family member to be at the hospital with you for comfort and support and to drive you home after the surgery.

What to Expect on Surgery Day

The routine at your healthcare / hospital facility may be different form country to country. You will be admitted to the hospital either the day before, or on the actual morning of your surgery. You may be in the operating room for the morning but the actual procedure typically takes about one hour. Then you will spend a few hours in the recovery room. Once the anesthesia has worn off, you may feel some pain or discomfort from the operation which can usually be treated with pain killers.

On the day after the surgery, you will likely have an X-ray. This allows your health team to see that the gastric banding System is in the right place and that the new stomach outlet is open. You may be asked to swallow a liquid that can be seen on X-ray.

Typically for gastric banding surgery, hospitalization is usually less than 24 hours. However the hospital stay may have you stay longer if there are complications or if the surgeon has to change to an "open" surgical procedure. Random Posts

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