Weight loss surgery can give patients with obesity a new start on life. It is not just a way to shed excess pounds, but a commitment to beneficial changes in eating habits, physical activity, and lifestyle choices. The day of your bariatric surgery marks the beginning of a better, healthier, longer life.
Vadim Gritsus, M.D. is a New Jersey bariatric surgeon with a commitment to surgical excellence and providing supportive, nurturing care for his patients. When Dr. Gritsus performs your weight loss surgery, you can have confidence that you are in the hands of a skilled and compassionate surgeon who is a recognized leader in the field.
What to Expect on the Day of Surgery
After all your preparations, when the day of surgery has finally arrived, it is completely normal to feel apprehension about the procedure, but also excited about the positive changes it will produce in your life. On this day you should not drink or eat anything unless your surgeon or anesthesiologist has specifically given you permission.
After you are admitted to the hospital, you will meet your nurses and anesthesiologist. You will change into a hospital gown and an IV will be inserted into your arm so that antibiotics, intravenous fluids, and meds can be administered directly into your bloodstream. The IV will stay there until you are discharged. General anesthesia will be administered through the IV in the operating room where your surgery is performed.
When you wake up from the anesthesia, you will realize that your surgery is over and your recovery has begun. In most cases, laparoscopic bariatric surgery requires at least a 24-hour stay in the hospital.
Your surgeon will most likely ask you to stand and walk on the same day of your surgery. Early walking after surgery increases circulation, speeds healing, and help prevent constipation, weakness, and complications such as infection, blood clots, and pneumonia. Getting out of bed after surgery may be difficult, but the more you are up and walking on the first day, the better you will feel the following day.
Pain is typically moderate on the day of surgery. You still have your IV for administering pain medication if needed. You may not be allowed to eat or drink anything, although your doctor may allow liquid diet or ice chips one to two hours after your surgery. On the following day, you may undergo blood work and nutritional counseling as well as begin to prepare for discharge from the hospital.
Your surgeon will visit you after your surgery and before you are discharged from the hospital. Feel free to ask any questions or communicate concerns. It is important to ensure that you understand your doctor’s discharge instructions, including prescriptions and medications you will need when you are at home.
When you are discharged from the hospital, you are not on your own if Vadim Gritsus, M.D. is your surgeon. Dr. Gritsus is dedicated to helping his bariatric patients achieve their goals and deal with the life changes weight loss surgery can bring. He offers follow-up care that includes dietitians, support groups, and continuing education in various forms.