The Gastric Bypass Surgery Preparation: What You Need to Know

Gastric bypass surgery is a transformative solution for individuals with significant weight struggles. The procedure involves creating a smaller stomach pouch and rerouting the small intestine, leading to reduced calorie intake and weight loss.

 Preparation is vital if you’ve been referred for this surgery due to persistent excess weight. This blog explores the crucial aspects of gastric bypass surgery preparation, emphasizing the need for lifestyle changes, medical evaluations, nutritional counseling, and a strong support system. 

The Gastric Bypass Surgery Preparation: What You Need to Know

Understanding the fundamentals helps individuals navigate the journey toward surgery easily. It involves carefully considering where the procedure occurs, attire, necessary adjustments, and pre-operative preparations.

Things you need to know before having your Gastric Bypass Surgery in Dubai.

Food and Drink

In preparation for surgery, a low-calorie liquid diet is recommended about one to four weeks before the procedure. This diet typically includes two or more protein shakes daily and eight glasses of zero-calorie liquids like water, Crystal Light, and unsweetened tea.

Stay hydrated. Aim for an average of 1.5 litres  of water daily during this period. You can only consume clear liquids one or two days before surgery. 


Before surgery, you will ask to stop certain medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like Motrin (ibuprofen) or Aleve (naproxen), oral contraceptive pills in case taking .

Loose  weight

You must start a workout routine to lose and maintain an appropriate weight for surgery. Prior weight loss helps in quick recovery after surgery & better results.

Eliminate nicotine and tobacco

You will be recommended to stop smoking and nicotine use for at least three months before surgery to reduce severe complications during surgery, particularly impaired wound healing. 

Eliminate alcohol

Avoiding alcohol will prepare your liver for surgery and also give protection from complications like metabolic liver disease.   

Choose healthy foods

Eat lean meats, proteins, leafy green vegetables, and fruits, and develop a habit of having three healthy meals. Sugar and processed fat food should be avoided.

Take photos

Capture yourself before and after the surgery, and you can compare your condition before and after surgery. This will keep you motivated.

On the day of surgery, avoid wearing the following things on the day of surgery:

  • Jewelry.
  • Makeup.
  • Fingernail polish.
  • Perfume.
  • Deodorant.
  • Moisturizers.

Expectations during surgery: 

  • You will wear a hospital gown.
  • A peripheral IV will placed for recording vital signs, and antibiotics will also start.
  • The surgeon will make you feel comfortable and brief you about the procedure.

After that, you will be moved to the operating room for the surgery. You will be given recovery instructions.
However, your preparation for Gastric Bypass Surgery starts much before.

Consult Dr. Girish Juneja for Gastric Bypass Surgery in Dubai

Dr. Girish Juneja is a highly experienced and renowned bariatric and laparoscopic surgeon based in Dubai, specializing in Gastric Bypass Surgery and various bariatric surgeries.

With over 30 years of expertise in laparoscopic and general surgery, Dr Girish has held prominent positions in the surgical departments of reputable hospitals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Certified as a Surgeon of Excellence for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery by EAC-BS under IFSO, his contributions extend to being a guest speaker and lecturer on gastric bypass surgery.

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