Metro Bariatrics - Amir Moazzez MD, FACS

Pre-Surgical Guidelines

All patients are required to have the following completed before the date of surgery:

If you do not have your own specialists, we will provide the names of expert physicians who can perform the above evaluations.

Pre-Operative Testing

Once you are approved for surgery by your insurance, you will need additional appointments for pre-operative testing. This will include a blood test, UGI series (X-rays), and an abdominal sonogram. If necessary, more extensive evaluations of your heart, lungs or gastrointestinal tract will be performed.

Potential risks and complications of the surgery will be explained to you. Any questions you may have with regard to the surgery or the hospitalization will also be addressed at this time. You will need to sign a consent-to-surgery form.

You will also be counseled about the use of certain medications, such as aspirin, birth control pills, blood thinners and heart medications. It is strongly recommended that women of childbearing age not plan to become pregnant for at least two years after the surgery. Pregnancy can be extremely dangerous for you and your baby during the period of rapid weight loss.

Preparing For Surgery

Seven days before surgery, you must stop taking any medication containing aspirin or ibuprofen (Motrin®, Advil®, Exedrin®, Bayer®, Aleve®, etc.). This will reduce the chances of excessive bleeding during the procedure. You should also stop taking birth control pills about two weeks before surgery to reduce the incidence of blood clot formation.

On the day before surgery, you should be on a clear liquid diet (broth, Crystalite, etc.). You must not take anything by mouth after midnight the night before the operation, except certain medications as determined by your surgeon.

Achieving Your Goals

The Virginia Weight Loss Surgery Center’s surgeons offer the following suggestions to help patients maximize the chances for long-term success: