Pre-Op Testing for Gastric Bypass Surgery

breathing_thing-2012-01-19 So yesterday was a big  milestone on this journey towards getting my bypass surgery, and for me the day did not go so well but I will discuss that in another post. In this post I would just like to give you the bare facts so if you are contemplating getting weight loss surgery or if you are in the process you will know what to look for.

So first you may as well plan that you will be in pre-op testing for several hours, yesterday I was in pre-op testing from 9:00 am until 1:30 pm. Now remember your doctor’s office may differ from mine but this will give you a general idea. So first we had to go through about and hour and half of dietician class in this class we discussed quite a bit. First you go over what to expect the day of surgery in the hospital and then the days following surgery. Next we go over details on your liquid diet you have to do before your actual surgery date. The liquid diet is required for all weight loss surgeries and it will vary from 7-14 days long and you do it to shrink your liver so they can perform your surgery easier. In a later post I will also put into detail your diet requirements during your liquid phase and up to 8 weeks after surgery as well.

We also discussed what activities you will be able to do after your surgery, some things were no working out until around two weeks. Staples will be removed in a week out, you can not lift anything over 20 pounds until four weeks out and you need to avoid pools and hot tubs for a month. When you leave your class you should of been given a folder with everything they discussed in class, and all emergency contact information.

Next I was off to respiratory this is a very simple testing and it is designed to see how you breathe on a normal level, and then also how strong your lungs are. So the technician will put a set of soft foam plugs over your nose to make sure you are only breathing out of your mouth and not your nose, these DO NOT hurt at all. Next he will have you put your mouth onto a big tube and breathe normally and then he will have you go through a routine three or four times. What you will do is take a deep breathe in and then blow out as hard as you can for ten seconds at the end of ten seconds take a nice deep breathe in as fast as you can. This routine will be repeated a few more times, and then there is a few more exercises all of them easy and not painful. At this point the technician will give you a pillow that you need to take to the hospital this for you to push into your abdomen when you cough to help minimize your pain in the staples area. Also he will give you a breathing device this you will use frequently in the hospital as it will help prevent pneumonia from setting in after surgery, this too you must take to the hospital with you.

Next place I went to was the lab in here you will be doing a urine collection and then they will draw two viles of blood for testing, pretty easy and straight forward. The last place I went to in the doctor’s office was to have a EKG done, this is super simple all you have to do is lay back on the table with your shirt up. Then the technician will put some stickers with tabs on your chest, under your breast, on  your legs and stomach area. Then he will attach wires to this stickers this process is the longest part of the EKG and of course is not painful at all unless you didn’t shave your legs lol. Next he simply runs the test which takes around 10 seconds and you do not feel a thing.

At this point I went to the hospital where I will be having the surgery to register and then I had to run and get two chest x-rays pretty simple and painless. Next you will go and sit down with your anesthesiologists he will look over the results of your respiratory testing you did earlier and also your EKG to make sure that everything looks good. He will also briefly discuss with you if you have had surgeries before how did it go were you able to wake up normally and was there any complications. The other thing he will look over is what medications you are currently on. that was the end of my pre-op testing it was pretty easy, and painless and now I am waiting on a appointment to meet with my surgeon next week to go over the test results and set up a surgery date. If you have any questions please feel free to leave them below in the comments sections.

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Single Mom of two girls on a journey to get healthy by losing weight and learning to love herself again!

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