All weight loss surgeries are performed in the hospital setting. The following are what you can expect on the day of surgery:
- You will go through the formal hospital admission procedure.
- After the admission, you will be taken to a pre-operative area where you will be asked to wear a special gown and stockings.
- You will receive intravenous fluids, antibiotics and an injection to prevent blood clots.
- A nurse will instruct you to use an incentive spirometer (a device that helps expand your lungs and prevent pneumonia).
- Your doctor will examine you to assess if you are physically and mentally prepared for the surgery.
- Your doctor discusses the pros and cons of weight loss surgery and then you will be taken to the operating room.
- The anaesthesiologist monitors your heart beat and an oxygen mask will be placed on your face.
- You will be administered general anaesthesia through an IV line.
- The surgery is then carried out while you are sedated.
The type of weight loss surgery performed depends on your individual requirements.
There are different types of surgeries that can be performed. You will be briefed about the procedure that will be performed on you. You will be prepared and taken to the operation room where your anaesthesiologist will administer general anaesthesia. You will be asleep and will not feel any pain during the surgery. The complete surgery takes a few hours. After the procedure, you will be shifted to the recovery room and monitored for any complications. You will slowly recover from the anaesthesia, and may have to stay in hospital for three to five days.