VISITING YOUR GP
You can always consult your GP and explain that you concidering getting Gastric surgery abroad and would like to be examined. To be taken blood samples bmi testing, body mass index and so on.
You can choose surgery date. The date must be selected at least one month before the planned operation. Operations are performed all week days, however, the favorite day is Saturday.
If it is a requirement that you need to lose weight before you undergo surgery, you can find advice and dietary proposal for weight loss here.
If you have questions about diet, support or advice during the weight loss, you can always contact us.
Upon arrival at the airport, you will be picked up by the driver. He will take your case and make your trip to the hotel as comfortable as possible.
Next day you will take to the hospital where you get a room and meet staff. The surgeon will visit you to discuss your pre-operative tests, surgery and answer any questions you may have. Pre-operative tests include blood tests, X-rays, lung function tests, ECG, gastroscopy etc.
The following day is usually your surgery day. You will be taken to the intensive care unit after surgery for a few hours, so you can be closely monitored. Some stay here. Please inform your friends and family that you will be out of contact for up to 24 hours. When you return to your room, the nurses will take over your care. You get clear liquids to take the first 24 hours. Pain relief, nausea relievers and sedatives are given by nurses.
The day after the operation will include a leak test for Sleeve, Bypass and plication (to control the formation of plication).
The following days all about resting. The nurses will continue to monitor your progress, and fluids will now include diet shakes and soup. If you feel like taking a walk around the hospital or premises, you are always welcome, but ask permission first.
On your last day, the surgeon will print you documents that you can take with to your own doctor, and then you’ll be taken to the airport.
- Immediately after surgery, for the first day or two, you will be given clear liquids to keep you hydrated.
- From day 2-3, you must get fluids including yogurt, protein shakes and light lemonade, for the next 2 to 3 weeks.
- You should start taking multivitamins and other vitamins and minerals, as soon as you can.
- From week 3, for 2-3 weeks, you should mush your food in a liquid consistency.
- After that, try mushy food with some lumps in , then solid foods.
- You must get used to the reduced portion sizes (half of your plate should be food with high protein and you need to eat your protein first. Ideally, you should aim to get 70 grams of protein in your diet per day).
- Do not eat and drink at the same time. Wait 30 minutes before drinking. Liquids will quickly flush food through your reduced stomach.
- Avoid beverages with high in calories, particularly soft drinks and alcohol.
- Keep a food and exercise diary (eg My Fitness Pal). You can exercise one month after surgery.
- You can return to work after Sleeve, plication and Band 2-3 weeks after surgery, with up to 6 weeks off for a bypass or a physically demanding job.