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Your Inpatient Stay

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Palmetto Health Baptist wants to make your stay at the hospital as comfortable as possible. We have special equipment both in the operating room and in each patient room designed for our bariatric patients’ comfort. The nurses and staff in the operating room and on the inpatient unit are specially trained to care for bariatric patients and to be sensitive to your needs.

What should I expect on the day of surgery?

You will arrive at the hospital early on the morning of your surgery. While our staff prepares you for surgery, your family will wait in the Ambulatory Surgery waiting area. Most surgeries are done laparascopically and take about two hours. After your surgery is finished, the surgeon will talk with your family, though it will be a few hours before they can see you. You will go to the recovery room for 2–4 hours. Some patients awaken from anesthesia more slowly than others. You will be closely monitored during this time. If you are having difficulty breathing or have other complications, you will be taken to the Intensive Care Unit for closer monitoring.

Most patients spend the first night in their room, and a family member is welcome to stay with them. Activity helps prevent complications such as blood clots, so the staff will help you walk the evening of surgery.

Will I be in pain?

Patients experience pain after any surgical procedure. You will have a Patient Controlled Analgesia (PCA) pump which delivers pain medicine through your IV line. You press a button and you will receive a dose of pain medicine every few minutes. The machine will not allow you to receive too much medicine.

How long will I be in the hospital?

Depending on the procedure, most patients will stay in the hospital 1-3 days. Patient Room photoThose who have an open incision during surgery will stay about seven days. Each patient is unique, so your length of stay could vary.

Besides the surgeon, what other Weight Management Center staff I see in the hospital?

You will be seen by the nurse practitioner throughout your inpatient stay as she assists in your medical care and answers your questions. You will be assessed by the dietitian each day, and she will monitor your transition to a clear liquid and then full liquid diet. You also will be visited by the behavioral care nurse, and perhaps some members of the Bari-Buddies Support Group. We want to make sure that your emotional needs also are met during this time.