Our treatment method is inclusive...

... so you will be involved in every step of the plan. 

An overview:

  • We will guide you through the early stages, helping you understand and implement your pre-operative diet.
  • Our multi-disciplinary team will work with you to ensure that you are physically and mentally ready for your gastrectomy or gastric bypass surgery.
  • Your hospital stay will be in a private room within our HI-Tech hospital, with specialist nursing, physiotherapy and consultant supervision throughout.
  • You will be discharged with a thorough understanding of your post operative plan, and that is when your work really starts!
  • With our continued support for the next two years, you will learn to embrace and love your new lifestyle.

To quote the late American personal development mentor:

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.Jim Rohn

The Process

Lead up to Gastric Sleeve or Gastric Bypass Surgery

When you have been given a positive evaluation for gastric sleeve or gastric bypass surgery, a preoperative plan and dietary regime will be arranged in the lead up to the operation date.

You will need to follow a low carbohydrate diet plan for the two weeks preceding your operation. This eating pattern is designed to increase the chance of your surgery being performed laparoscopically (by keyhole). 

Surgery

Most of our patients experience weight loss surgery by minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic surgery). This allows smaller abdominal incisions, offering the advantages of reduced post-operative pain; shorter hospital stays; fewer wound complications; faster recovery times.

However, for a small number of patients, this method might not be an option. In such a case, your surgeon will choose the "open" method. This decision is strictly based on patient safety and is not indicative of complications. There are several factors which may contribute towards this decision, such as dense scar tissue caused by previous abdominal surgery.

After Surgery

Typically, you will remain an inpatient for 2-4 days after gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, during which you will participate in breathing exercises and chest physiotherapy. It is important that you continue with these exercises when you return home. 

You will receive pain medication when you need it, although pain after laparoscopic surgery is generally mild.

Prior to going home, you will begin a three week course of subcutaneous injections of a blood thinner to protect you from clots.

When you leave the hospital, you will be encouraged to walk and engage in light activity. You will probably be able to resume most of your normal activities within one to two weeks, such as showering, driving, walking up stairs, work etc.

You will receive a comprehensive diet plan for the weeks after your operation, and it is essential that you stick to the guidelines. You will also be given information regarding vitamin and mineral supplements which you must take as part of your new regimen. 

The procedures available at Blackrock Clinic are proven to be safe, although complications can occur in the short or longer term. You will leave the hospital with all the information and contact numbers you need, along with a follow up appointment date. 

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