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  • Center for Bariatric Surgery: A Program of Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals

  • There are a number of  things patients must do before the operation that will help both the recovery  from the operation and the ultimate result. 

    • Most importantly, if you are a cigarette smoker, you must stop smoking at least 2 months prior to surgery. Some insurance companies may require up to six months nictotine free. Studies have repeatedly shown that stopping smoking prior to surgery decreases the incidence of pneumonia and other respiratory problems.
    • You must attend at least one bariatric surgery support group meeting at The Miriam Hospital prior to having a surgery date
    • You should also begin to build up your muscle strength prior to surgery by walking every day for 30 minutes. This will give you a greater reserve during the post-operative period, when muscle mass normally decreases.
    • Finally, you must begin to mentally prepare for the procedure and the changes you will need in your lifestyle and dietary habits in order for you to be successful. 

    A time of minimal stress is best. It would be ill advised to have the procedure following major life changes, such as a new job, change in location or death in the family. You need to give your full attention to this process and not be distracted by other events.

    You should also make arrangements to have help available at home for the first 2-4 weeks to help with child care and daily living activities such as laundry, housecleaning, yard maintenance, grocery shopping, etc.