Just as your decision to have weight loss surgery has been an educational journey, your preoperative preparation, hospital stay and follow-up also require planning and research. Knowing what to expect can take the surprises out of the process and make you feel more comfortable along the way.
Preparing for Your Weight Loss Surgery
Things to do before your surgery:
- Attend a free information session with our weight loss surgery staff
- Submit your application
- Meet with the bariatric nurse practitioner
- Get a comprehensive psychological screening
- Meet for a dietary consultation
- Consult with a physical therapist
- Attend behavior modification classes
- Lose preoperative weight
- Receive surgical clearance from one of our bariatric surgeons
- Discuss and plan a support system for recovery following surgery
The cost of weight loss surgery is covered by many insurance companies. All applications are reviewed by our insurance liaison to verify insurance coverage.
Our Commitment to You
Portsmouth Regional Hospital is committed to ensuring all patients receive quality care. That means we:
- Employ a dedicated operating room staff with special interest and training in bariatric surgery
- Employ physicians whose primary specialty is bariatric surgery and who have extensive experience and educational training
- Surround you with a team of specialists who will help you prepare for your procedure and support you in your new lifestyle
Meet our weight loss surgery team.
Your Hospital Stay
It's likely you'll stay in the hospital a day or two after your procedure. Your surgeon and nurses use this time to assess your response to the surgery and your overall health prior to leaving the hospital. They will ensure you're able to:
- Take enough liquids and nutrients by mouth to prevent dehydration
- Remain fever-free
- Have adequate pain control with medication
Follow-Up After Surgery
With a substantially changed lifestyle, patients may deal with issues such as nutritional deficiencies, low blood sugars, depression or alternate addictions. That's why we place great emphasis on education and behavior modification. At Portsmouth Regional Hospital, our whole-person, integrative care includes these follow-up activities:
- Onsite support groups
- Outpatient postoperative nutritional counseling
- Outpatient postoperative rehab services
- Regularly scheduled postoperative visits for up to 5 years
Your best source of information is an experienced bariatric surgeon. The bariatric surgeons at Portsmouth Regional Hospital know how to handle your special needs before, during and after weight loss surgery. Although bariatric surgery has been shown to be an effective approach to weight loss, remember that the surgery is only a tool. A successful outcome depends on your commitment to a long-term lifestyle change.
It's important to discuss your postsurgery life with your doctor, including:
- Diet and exercise
- Going back to work
- Birth control and pregnancy
- Long-term follow-up
- Support groups
Attend an Information Session
Your first step in determining whether bariatric surgery is right for you is attending one of our free weight loss information seminars, designed to provide you with everything you need to make an informed decision about weight loss surgery.