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Bariatric Surgery

How do I prepare for weight-loss surgery?


Before weight-loss surgery and hospital stay, patients will be asked to:

  • Stop smoking (patients must be tobacco-free for at least 60 days prior to surgery).
  • Cut down on caffeine intake.
  • Stop taking certain medicines, including aspirin and anti-inflammatories, such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve.
  • Stop eating and drinking after midnight the day of surgery.

Patients will also need to pack a bag that includes a few necessities, as well as some nice-to-have things, such as:

  • Insurance card
  • Driver's license
  • Advance directives
  • List of all current medications
  • Eyeglasses, hearing aides, dentures (and their protective containers)
  • Toiletries, including toothbrush, toothpaste, razor, deodorant, makeup, etc.
  • Socks, slippers and robe
  • Comfortable clothes to wear home after surgery
  • Books, magazines, newspapers, etc.

Please leave all valuables at home.


For additional information, please contact our bariatric patient navigator.



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