Remove the dressings over your small cuts if the nurse has not already done so. Leave the wounds exposed to the air, unless there is a lot of liquid drainage. In that case, apply a clean dressing (which you can obtain from any pharmacy) and call us.
You may take showers when you go home and allow soap and water to run over your cuts. Do not rub the face cloth over them as this can dislodge the clips and start bleeding. Let the wounds dry and keep them uncovered.
You can walk as much as possible, and you can do all exercises that do not involve severe contact (e.g. play contact hockey or football) including stationary bike, walking or jogging on a treadmill etc. as long as there is no pain. You can drive your car if it feels comfortable. You can have sex if there is no pain. You can sleep on your belly if that is your preference.
You can lift your children without worrying about wound hernia since we do not make a cut up and down your belly with the laparoscopic approach we use for both laparoscopic banding and laparoscopic gastric bypass.
If not already given to you call to make an appointment to see the bariatric nurse within 10-14 days of your surgery. At this visit we will assess your health, the clips will be removed, your weight will be taken and all wounds will be examined.
At the 2 week visit you will be given another appointment with Dr. Christou at 30 days post surgery. At this visit we will again asses your health, your weight will be taken and your diet will be monitored and fine-tuned as needed. You will also be asked to see our dietician at this visit.
Subsequent visits with the Bariatric Team will be 3 months after your surgery. Annual visits are recommended for life. Weight and diet history will be monitored and you will have appropriate blood tests to ensure that you are not developing vitamin and iron deficiencies.
Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding patient will have additional visits scheduled as needed to adjust their band, usually every 8 weeks, depending on your progress, until band adjustment is optimal.
It is important to crush your pills before taking them. If they are long acting pills (LA or XL) they must not be crushed. Talk to your pharmacist.
Crush all large pills (pain killers, vitamins, etc.) and mix them in the recommended liquid (or pureed food, if you are at that stage in your diet) to prevent them from obstructing the outlet of your pouch.
If you are within 2-3 hour commute from Montreal, present yourself immediately to the Montreal General Hospital emergency room of the McGill University Health Centre and ask that the Bariatric Surgery Team and your surgeon be contacted immediately.
You are also strongly encouraged to call your surgeon (Dr. Christou or Dr. Chow) directly using his private cell phone number given to you for this purpose the day of your discharge from the hospital.
If you are not able to get to Montreal in time, present yourself to your local emergency room and ask that your surgeon be contacted be contacted using his private cell phone number given to you for this purpose.