Frequently Asked Questions
- What are the routine tests prior to surgery?
Patients who are suitable for surgery need comprehensive assessment. We need to assess your fitness for surgery and your nutritional status. Patients are required to have blood tests and most patients require a gastroscopy. All our patients need a pre-operative dietitian appointment for dietary assessment and education. We also encourage patients to see our psychologist prior to surgery.
- Do I need to stop smoking?
All patients must stop smoking 6 weeks prior to surgery. Smoking is a huge surgical and anaesthetic risk and should not be resumed after surgery.
- Where do I get my pre-op diet meal replacements from?
You will discuss your very low calorie diet replacement with your dietitian prior to surgery. We stock formulite and most major pharmacies stock Optifast™ or Optislim™.
- How soon can I return to work?
This widely varies on your recovery and the physical nature of your job. Most sedentary workers can return to work 10 to 14 days after surgery. For jobs which require a lot of exertion or heavy lifting, your surgeon will advise you when you can return to light duties and full duties.
- When can I resume exercise?
All patients are encouraged to start and maintain daily walking after surgery.
More vigorous activities will be advised by your surgeon or nurse.
- Is it normal to feel tired after my operation?
Yes, especially after sleeve and bypass surgery, which can last for 4-6 weeks post-surgery. Please ensure you are taking your supplements.
- Will I suffer from constipation?
It can be common to suffer constipation due to pain relief and reduce food and fluid intake. You may be required to take a stool softener and all patients should take a regular fire supplement. Bowels frequency is often reduced.
- How does Gastric Bypass help patients with diabetes?
Excess fat causes hormonal imbalances which can lead to insulin resistance. This in turn inhibits the body from processing glucose normally – diabetes. By reducing excess body weight, hormonal imbalance and insulin sensitivity can reverse.
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