Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
Following your initial consultation with Professor Senapati here at Obesity Surgery Manchester, you will liaise with Debbie his secretary to arrange a suitable date for surgery. During your consultation you will have been provided with information that will help manage your expectations of your planned surgery. A treatment plan is created on an individual basis to ensure optimal results post-operatively. Understanding the process and your role will facilitate a speedier recovery, reducing the risk of any potential problems
Prior to your surgery, you will have had a physical examination to ensure there are no hernias present. Your medical history is also discussed and examined in detail to ensure there are no conditions or comorbidities present that could negatively impact your surgery or the results. Usually within a week of surgery, you will be invited to the Hospital’s Pre-Assessment department wherein routine tests, including a full range of blood tests, as well as MRSA swabs are taken. In addition, there may well be an x-ray required and similarly to the blood tests, these will be performed a week before your surgery is scheduled. Finally, it is imperative that you discuss any medications you are taking with your doctor, as you may well be required to stop taking these medications prior to your surgery for a number of days or even a number of weeks. Specifically, if you are taking any anti-inflammatory medications or Aspirin, you will need to stop taking them one week before surgery to minimise bleeding.
Before you are discharged home, the team including Professor Senapati, nurses, physiotherapist and yourself have to be happy to discharge you. Providing you are mobile, tolerating fluids, passing urine, all observations are within normal limits and pain control is managed, we will discharge you. You will be advised to take your pain medicine as directed. Begin the pain medicine as you start getting uncomfortable, but before you are in severe pain. If you wait to take your pain medication until the pain is severe, you will have more difficulty controlling the pain. You will also be provided with full details on your required diet, as you will be required to follow a liquid diet, following this a soft food diet and ultimately you will be able to start eating solid foods once more. You will be reviewed by Professor Senapati and the team at around 6 weeks post-procedure.
Here at Obesity Surgery Manchester, we provide a full package of care, support and guidance for 2 years. You will be routinely followed-up by Professor Senapati, the bariatric nurses and bariatric dieticians to ensure a smooth and steady recovery. Find out more about the various weight loss treatment procedures we offer on the link below :
www.obesitysurgerymanchester.co.uk/treatments.html We look forward to meeting you!