When you prepare for weight loss surgery, you are preparing for long-term success.
The healthier you are before surgery, the faster your body will respond and heal. There is a pre-surgery period during which you will begin making lifestyle changes and participate in pre-admissions testing.
If your doctor determines that you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery, there will be a waiting period. This is an excellent time to begin making lifestyle changes. Patients who embrace healthy habits ahead of their procedure have better outcomes.
Having obesity increases the risk of complications during surgery. Therefore, we recommend that patients lose ten or more pounds before their operation. We also find that patients feel better after surgery if they avoid overeating beforehand.
Patients are encouraged to begin exercising, as well, since exercise will be important during the postoperative period. Patients also find that this helps them to feel stronger after surgery. Exercise plans can include:
- walking for 30 minutes, three times per week
- working out in a pool - a great alternative if you have mobility issues or cannot tolerate walking for longer periods of time
What is pre-admissions testing?
Pre-admissions testing takes place during an appointment with your weight loss care team members. They will assist you with final preparations for surgery and discuss the risks and benefits.
When does this take place?
This meeting occurs one to two weeks before your surgery.
Who will I meet with?
In addition to your surgeon, you will meet with a nurse practitioner, who will review your:
- past medical and surgical history
- lab work/tests performed during the weight loss surgery screening process
You will also meet with an anesthesiologist to discuss general anesthesia, which is given to all weight loss surgery patients at Middlesex Health. The anesthesiologist makes the final decision to clear you for surgery.
How long will the appointment take?
This meeting will take approximately two to three hours, and some follow-up tests may be required by the anesthesiologist.
Learn More About Lifestyle Changes
Making changes to your lifestyle - including to your diet and exercise habits - is key to successful weight loss, even when surgery is involved.
Visit our Online Learning Center for information about healthy eating, being active, and how to maintain weight loss achievements.