The Hospital Stay

Our Frequently Asked Questions section references accepted standard of practice and guidelines from regulatory and professional organizations including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), American College of Surgery (ACS), American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) As always, please check with your healthcare provider to determine their individual practices, guidelines and what they recommend for you.

What is done to minimize the risk of deep vein thrombosis or pulmonary embolism?
Patients are assessed for risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) blood clots or pulmonary embolism (PE) pre-operatively. While in the hospital patients are treated with sequential compression devices (lower leg wraps that inflate and deflate with air), given a blood thinner during and after surgery and assisted out of bed walking shortly after surgery. If a patient has an increased risk for blood clots then an inferior vena cava filter will be placed prior to surgery.
What should I bring with me to the hospital?
Basic toiletries (comb, toothbrush, etc.) and gown will be provided by the hospital, but most people prefer to bring their own. Choose clothes for your stay that are easy to put on and take off. Because of your incisions you should consider loose fitting clothing (elastic waistband). Other ideas:

  • reading and writing materials
  • crossword and other puzzles
  • personal toiletries
  • bathrobe

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