Preparing for Bariatric Surgery
There are several steps we take to increase the safety of the operation and to improve the long-term results.
First, we request that all patients meet with our dietitian prior to the operation. They will review with you the dietary regimen we use both immediately after surgery and long-term dietary requirements, including vitamins, frequency of meals, foods to avoid, etc.
Patients with gallstones have a high chance of complications caused by their gallbladder after major surgery. If you have gallstones, we would strongly recommend gallbladder removal during the gastric bypass procedure. Therefore, unless you have already had your gallbladder removed, we would like to obtain a gallbladder ultrasound prior to the operation.
You should begin taking two showers daily with an antibacterial soap for a few days prior to the operation. This will decrease the chance of an infection. We can provide you with Lever 2000 soap. Another excellent antibacterial soap is Hibiclens. It can be purchased at drug stores in four-ounce bottles.
In addition, we believe the operation is safer and patients recover more quickly if their colons are empty. You will be given a bottle of laxative, called Magnesium Citrate, which you should drink the afternoon before the operation.
You should only drink clear liquids after drinking the laxative.