Prepare for Your Surgery
You’re in good hands when you come to Woman’s for your weight loss surgery.
We understand having weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision. It’s normal and natural to have concerns.
Our comprehensive weight loss program includes your surgeon, program navigator, registered nurse, dietitian, exercise physiologist, social worker and support group. Each expert is dedicated to providing support before and after surgery.
How to Prepare for Your Surgery
You can best prepare for weight loss surgery by knowing the benefits and risks, and by closely following your doctor's instructions.
- Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterward.
- Realize you will never be able to eat the way you did before. You’ll have to watch what and how you eat for the rest of your life.
- Talk with others or members of support groups who have had weight loss surgery.
- Write down your reasons for having surgery. Outline your plans to maintain your weight loss after surgery.
- Practice the post-op diet, including the transition from an all-liquid diet, to pureed food, to a normal diet of smaller portions with 4 ounces of protein.
- Start a journal. Record how you feel, the challenges you face and the things you hope to be able to do after surgery.
- Ask your family and friends for their support. Talk to them about why you want to have surgery.
Concerns and Fears
Fear of surgery is very common. So are concerns about anesthesia, physical changes to your body and life after surgery.
If you have concerns, consider the following:
- Share your concerns and fears with your surgeon.
- Attend a support group and speak with patients who share the same concerns and fears.
- Understand the complication rates and mortality rates of surgery.
Remember, our weight loss surgery team is dedicated to your care. We are here to listen to your needs and provide a safe, comfortable environment.