GENERAL & UPPER GI SURGEON

MBBS MS FRACS

Dr Govind Krishna is a General & Upper

Gastrointestinal Surgeon providing

consultative and surgical services to

patients in south West Sydney.

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Your decision to undergo bariatric surgery will bring a major transformation to your life, both before and after the operation. After you have finalized the right weight loss surgery for you in consultation with your bariatric specialist or surgeon and medical evaluation from a dietician and a psychologist, you must also thoroughly understand the pre-operative and post-operative care to maximize the success of surgery.

Prepare Mentally

The first and foremost preparation is to assess the risks, challenges and potential benefits associated with the surgery. This will go a long way in preparing yourself mentally for the surgery.

  • Understand how the surgery will take place and what the process is and review your medical reports in detail.
  • A pre-operative counseling will let you know what to expect from the surgery.
  • Find out what type of post – operative support does the surgeon provide.
  • Talk to people or local patient support groups who have undergone a similar surgery.
  • Seek support of your parents, spouse, other family members or friends.
  • If you don’t have family to support your, recruit a professional caretaker or helper.
  • Maintain a journal for sharing your thoughts, feelings, experiences, challenges and expectations about the surgery.
  • In case of children, explain them why the surgery is necessary and assure them that their family will be always there for them before, during and after the operation.

Prepare Physically

Your bariatric physician will advise you on the do’s and don’ts before the surgery to help your body prepare for the outcomes. Typically, physical preparation for the surgery will involve the following steps:

  • Quit smoking at least 30 days before the surgery. Smoking can cause respiratory and lung problems, infection, ulcer risks and restricting the blood flow, all of which will decelerate the recovery process.
  • Do not take alcoholic drinks for at least 48 hours before the operation.
  • Follow the exercise recommended to your before the surgery. A 30 minute daily walk could be very helpful.
  • Eat at least three meals a day and avoid in-between snacking. Adhere to the diet plan laid out by the nutritionist.
  • Stop the consumption of caffeinated beverages.
  • In case you are taking any medications, herbs or any other food supplements, make sure to inform your surgeon about the same. Or else, they may interact with the operation.
  • Restrict yourself to clear, liquid meal plan for 12-24 hours before the surgery.
  • If you or your family has experienced any anesthesia complications, do tell that to your surgeon.
  • Go for regular medical check – ups as advised by your surgeon.