Having a gastric bypass can be a life changing event. This type of surgery is permanent and irreversible so it is good to be fully prepared for surgery both physically and mentally. Ensuring you are fully prepared and ready for the life changes that are about to occur can make recovery and healing much easier, and can also drastically help with the transition into your new lifestyle and eating habits.
1. Pack loose and comfortable clothing for the hospital. It is going to be very difficult to move and bend your body after the surgery so make sure you have clothes that are easy to get into and will not irate things such as stitches or staples that you may have in your abdomen. Also, Make sure there are extra clothes for your home as well. This means ensuring that your wardrobe is as comfortable for home as it was in the hospital. This can also mean purchasing proper, loose fitting business clothes if you are planning on returning to work within a short period.
2. Ensure you have shoes that can easily slip on. Slip on shoes will be much easier than having to bend down and have to Velcro or tie shoes.
3. Try to have some “transition” clothing, shoes, etc. These items are usually old clothing that you can no longer fit into but will be perfect as you lose weight. You will start to lose weight dramatically and it is more cost effective to have some older clothing ready than buying new clothes. If you do need to buy new clothes then try charity stores for cheaper alternatives. Only start to buy new clothes once you have stopped losing weight at such a dramatic rate.
4. Purchase multivitamins. It is difficult to get nutrition directly after surgery and multivitamins help immensely. Your doctor will be able to tell you which vitamins you will require to meet your specific needs.
5. Make sure you have over-the-counter pain medication on hand. After the prescribed pain medication has run out it is important to have regular strength medication, such as Tylenol.