Congratulations! You have decided to have weight loss surgery. This exciting journey starts with the pre-op stage. It can be overwhelming when you are getting ready for surgery. There are so many appointments and rules that you have to follow. It can be challenging trying to figure out how to navigate through everything. So, here are a few things to expect during the pre-op stage to help you prepare for your journey.
- You will have a lot of doctors’ appointments. Between the surgeon’s requirements and your insurance company’s requirements, there will be a lot of appointments. You will more than likely have to go to a cardiologist, pulmonologist, nutritionist, and psychologist. The appointments take time and this can slow the process down. If you are wanting to have the surgery sooner than later, I highly recommend scheduling your appointments as soon as possible.
- The pre-op diet is hard. Really, really hard. In my opinion, this is the most challenging part of a weight loss surgery journey. You will be hungry, not just physically but emotionally as well. This will be the first time that you start to let food go. It will take a toll on you emotionally. During this time, it is important that you find a hobby or something to distract yourself. Make sure you prepare yourself mentally. Try your best not to center your life around food. Take the diet seriously and get focused. This is when it matters the most.
- You will need support. Having a healthy support system through this process is key for your success. Use the pre-op stage to tell your friends and family what you need from them to be successful on your weight loss surgery journey.
- You will have to be patient. No matter how quickly you move with your appointments, there will still be a waiting game. I know you want to have surgery immediately, but be patient with the process. It is critical that all of your doctors clear you for surgery. You might feel frustrated that things are moving slowly, but remember that there are many other people preparing for surgery with your surgeon as well.
- You will be nervous. This is a normal feeling. You are about to undergo a surgery and that can be scary to think about. Make sure you do your research and feel comfortable with your decision. Find people to talk to who have also had the surgery. This will help calm your nerves and prepare you for what life will be like after surgery.
It can be nerve-racking going through the pre-op stage of bariatric surgery. It is all new to you and there is a lot to be done prior to surgery. Take a second to breathe and remember that you are not alone in this journey. Use this time to prepare yourself for what life is going to be like after surgery. You will get through it and you will be on track towards a healthier you. You got this!