Before Surgery

Weight loss surgery can greatly improve your health, the way you feel, and how you live your life. To ensure the safety and success of your procedure, it’s important to understand what you should do – and what you shouldn’t do – leading up to your weight loss surgery. People from Phoenix, Mesa, and across the Southwest have learned to count on the caring professionals at Weight Loss Institute of Arizona to guide them through their bariatric and other general surgical procedures.

Your comfort, safety and health are our priorities at East Valley Surgery Center.We are an approved Bariatric Surgery MBSAQIP Accredited facility, meeting the highest standards in the industry for cleanliness, surgeries, and outcomes. If you have any questions before your weight loss surgery, call us in Tempe, AZ at (480) 829-6100.

The Day Before Your Surgery

  • You will receive a phone call from our coordinator 1 to 3 days prior to surgery to review all instructions regarding your procedure and payment information. If we need to leave you a voice message, we will protect your privacy by simply asking you to return our call.
  • It’s important for you to notify us as soon as possible if there is any change in your physical condition, such as a cold or fever.
  • The night before your surgery, you may eat a light snack before midnight. Do not eat or drink anything after midnight not even coffee or water. This will reduce the possibility of nausea and vomiting following anesthesia.
  • Do not take any medication after midnight unless instructed by your physician or our office. If you take medications on a daily basis for heart disease, blood pressure, seizure disorders, or asthma, you may continue taking them with a small sip of water. If you take aspirin, blood thinning medications or herbal supplements, please notify your surgeon and anesthesiologist. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your surgery.

The Morning of Your Surgery

  • You may brush your teeth, but take care not to swallow anything. Refrain from the use of mints, chewing gum, or cigarettes. Failure to follow these instructions may result in the cancellation of your surgery.
  • If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring a case for their safekeeping. We provide containers for removable dentures and bridgework.

Review our day of surgery guidelines to prepare yourself for this very important day.

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