Bariatric Surgery Q&A: Preparing for surgery and recovery

Bariatric Surgery Q&A: Preparing for surgery and recovery


My name is Dr. Michael D’Almeida. I’m a
board-certified general surgeon here at McLaren Macomb Hospital. The day before
your scheduled surgery you’ll have nothing to eat or drink after midnight.
What medications you take will be guided by the pre-mission testing here at our
hospital. The main reason why we want you to have nothing in your stomach is
because that’s the primary organ we’re operating on. A question commonly asked is how much pain is associated with bariatric surgery. The pain is minimal. We
do this laparoscopically here at this facility. You will find patients go home
the first or second day after surgery and because it’s minimally invasive
and less pain they’re back to normal activities with regard to work around
the house or back to work within about seven to ten days. A common question if I
exposed my incision to air will it heal faster.
The answer’s no. Actually it’s better if it’s covered. Most of the oxygen that
gets to your wounds to heal are what you inhale not coming from the atmosphere.

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