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Prior to the procedure, you'll be experiencing a large amount of prep work, both immediately before and in the weeks leading up to your surgery date. Here's what to expect:
Your physician will explain the procedure to you and offer you the opportunity to ask any questions that you might have about the procedure.
You will be asked to sign a consent form that gives your physician permission to perform the procedure. Read the form carefully and ask questions if something is not clear.
In addition to a complete medical history, your physician may perform a complete physical examination to ensure you are in good health before undergoing the procedure. You may undergo blood tests or other diagnostic tests.
You will be asked to fast for eight hours before the procedure, generally after midnight.
If you are pregnant or suspect that you are pregnant, you should notify your physician.
Notify your physician if you are sensitive to or are allergic to any medications, latex, iodine, tape, or anesthetic agents (local and general).
Notify your physician of all medications (prescription and over-the-counter) and herbal supplements that you are taking.
Notify your physician if you have a history of bleeding disorders or if you are taking any anticoagulant (blood-thinning) medications, aspirin, or other medications that affect blood clotting. It may be necessary for you to stop these medications prior to the procedure.
You may be asked to begin exercising and alter your diet several weeks before surgery.
If you are a woman of child-bearing age, you may receive birth control counseling so that you do not become pregnant in your first year after surgery due to the risk to the fetus from rapid weight loss.
You may receive a sedative prior to the procedure to help you relax.
The area around the surgical site may be shaved.
Based upon your medical condition, your physician may request other specific preparation.