Preparing for band surgery
Your Procedure Booklet
You will have been provided with a ‘Your Procedure’ booklet either at consultation or through the post. This will give you all the information you need to know about the procedure, what you need to take to the hospital and how you are likely to feel afterwards. If you didn’t receive a copy, please call us.
Your pre-op medical assessment
There are two very important steps you must complete before you can have gastric band surgery. If you fail to complete both your surgery will be delayed and could even be cancelled.
You will be given an appointment to attend for a medical assessment, usually at the hospital at which your procedure will take place. At this appointment, bloods will be taken and general medical information will be taken. We will discuss medical history, medication etc and take readings such as height, weight and blood pressure.
Occasionally you may be asked to attend more than one visit for completion of blood tests or other investigations.
You will receive a telephone call from one of our Bariatric Nurses to complete a final pre-operative admission assessment. This information is essential to complete your booking and allow hospital admission. It’s also a call to discuss the practicalities of your hospital visit.
Going to hospital - what you need to know
You will receive written notification from the hospital or a telephone call from Healthier Weight confirming your admission details.
Items to bring with you
Please bring with you nightwear, essential toiletries, a dressing gown and slippers.
If you are using a Continuous Positive Airways Pressure (CPAP) machine for sleep apnoea, please ensure you take this to the hospital with you.
What will happen on the day?
On the day of admission, you will be taken to the ward where the nursing staff will carry out baseline observations (pulse, temperature and blood pressure etc.) and complete the standard admission forms.
You will be seen by your consultant who will go through the consent form with you. In essence the consent is to confirm your understanding of the procedure, together with the risks and benefits. If you have any concerns or questions, please ensure you raise these with your consultant before signing the consent form.
Before going to theatre, you will usually be given an injection of heparin which helps to thin the blood, thereby reducing the risks of clots.
The anaesthetist will either see you on the ward or in the anaesthetic room adjacent to the operating theatre.
When you arrive in the operating department, you will be seen by the anaesthetist who will place a mask lightly over your face and then place a small needle (cannula) in the back of the hand. A drip will be connected to the cannula so fluids can be given during the procedure. The anaesthetist will then administer the anaesthetic agent and you will go quietly off to sleep.
You will be fitted with a pair of anti-embolism (TED) stockings which you will be required to wear throughout your hospital stay and for 10-14 days after surgery.
You will also wear special compression boots (e.g Flotron) during your surgery which will compress the veins in the legs, again reducing the risks of any blood clots.
As a general rule, you will be asked to take your regular medication on the day of the surgery (with a very small amount of liquid). However, certain types of medication, for example anticoagulants or drugs for diabetes, may require more specific management and you will be advised about this before your admission. In some circumstances (for example, if you are diabetic) you may be asked to visit the hospital on the evening before the day of the surgery, so that specific tests can be carried out and medication adjusted accordingly.
Note: Please ensure that you take your regular medication with you to the hospital in its original package.