Preparing for Surgery
Prior to surgery, you’ll spend time with the surgeon. You’ll learn about the details, benefits and risks of weight loss surgery.
- The surgeon will work with you to determine a specific list for laboratory testing
- All patients must have an EKG (Electrocardiogram) performed
- Sleep apnea is a common disorder in people who are overweight. With sleep apnea, blood oxygen levels can drop very low
- Patients with sleep apnea may be at higher risk for certain complications, like heart arrhythmia and heart attacks. Diagnosing and treating this disorder before surgery may significantly improve your post-operative care
- Patients who are at risk for heart disease will need a pre-operative stress test to decrease the risk of any heart problems at the time of surgery
- Often, before this test is performed, the patient must have stopped certain blood pressure medications
Call the lab several days before having this test to make sure those medications don’t interfere with the study
- We require all patients to stay up-to-date with recommended medical tests, like an annual mammography for women 40 above and a colonoscopy every 5 – 10 years for patients over 50
Two weeks prior to surgery, you’ll have a consultation session with your surgeon, where you’ll review the consent form and go over your pre-operative testing results and post-operative diet.