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Certain basic tests, such as a preoperative major profile are performed as part of your initial assessment. In addition, many patients suffer from gastric symptoms so may require upper gi scopy prior to surgery and often a glucose test is done to evaluate blood sugar levels. Other tests, such as pulmonary function testing, chest x-ray, echocardiogram, sleep studies, gastrointestinal evaluation, cardiology evaluation, or assessment by a psychologist may be requested when indicated.

An accurate assessment of your health is needed before surgery to minimise the chance of complications and this will be determined by your surgeon.

Patients who have significant gastrointestinal symptoms such as upper abdominal pain, heartburn, belching sour fluid, etc., may have underlying problems such as a hiatal hernia, gastroesophageal reflux or peptic ulcer.

Laparoscopic surgery causes minimal pain compared to open surgery. Every attempt is made to control pain after surgery to make it possible for you to move about quickly and become active. This helps avoid problems and speeds recovery. Often several drugs are used together to help manage your post-surgery pain.

As long as it takes to be self-sufficient. Although it can vary, the hospital stay (including the day of surgery) can be between 1- 6 days depending on the procedure. This will be determined by your surgeon/doctor.

Almost immediately after surgery doctors will require you to get up and move about. Patients are asked to walk or stand at the bedside on the night of surgery, take several walks the next day and thereafter. On leaving the hospital, you may be able to care for all your personal needs, but will need help with shopping, lifting and with transportation.

We recommend that you contact a Bariatric (weight loss) surgeon.

We recommend that you contact a Bariatric (weight loss) surgeon.

Most doctors will strongly recommend for you to not get pregnant after your first year of the operation. Most of the excess weight is lost during this time. Your fetus' health may also be endangered.

Your body needs to receive the proper vitamins in order to survive. Your doctor will also go over with you any medicines you need to take. Most patients actually stop taking their medication from pre-surgery because they are healthy!