Preparation and Procedure
If your BMI (Body Mass Index) is over 40, you will likely be asked to engage in a 2 week pre-operative diet, based on low calorie meal replacements such as Optifast. This is to shrink your liver down, to make surgical access to your stomach easier.
You will need to stop any blood thinning medication before the surgery (e.g. aspirin, warfarin, Plavix, Fish Oil, Krill Oil etc). Dr Greenslade will advise when you should stop them, and whether any substitute is required leading up to the surgery.
You will usually be admitted on the day the surgery, fasting for at least 6 hours before the procedure.
You will remain on sips of water after the procedure until at least the following day. The remainder of the time in hospital will be spent graduating to a liquid diet. The hospital stay is usually 72 hours.
On discharge, you will be supplied medication to reduce stomach acid (Pariet), along with medication to reduce pain and nausea, if needed. Your surgical wounds will be covered with waterproof dressings that you can remove 48 hours after discharge. The sutures are under the skin, and will dissolve without requiring removal.