So, just what awaits you on the day of your surgery?
After you present to the main hospital desk for admission:
- You’ll be escorted to the Day Of Surgery Admissions (DOSA) and prepped for operation
- You’ll be greeted by Dr Ian Baxter and the anaesthetist, then wheeled into the operating theatre
- Dr Baxter will chat to you further and help calm any nerves before the general anaesthesia puts you in a sleep-like state for your procedure to commence
Before you know it, you’ll awake post-op. Welcome to The Losers’ Bench!
The hospital staff will notify your next of kin when you are in recovery and when they can come visit you.
Bariatric surgery takes roughly 45 to 60 minutes to complete. In most cases you will spend two nights (three days) in hospital, during which you’ll commence a liquid diet. You will require two days in hospital after your operation as nausea, vomiting and pain are common. Some people are lucky and have minimal symptoms post-surgery, but many suffer from “buyer’s remorse” and require a little more care from the medical staff. The nursing staff will assist you with your medications, pain relief and intravenous fluids.
Prior to discharging, you’ll receive a visit from Dr Baxter and one of the Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre’s dietitians where you’ll be able to ask any questions you have.
Rest assured that once you go home, you won’t be going it alone. Sunshine Coast Medical Weight Loss Centre’s specialised aftercare package provides all the guidance and support you need every step of the way.