You’ve been pre-approved for bariatric surgery, congratulations! You’ll grow a little nervous as the surgery date approaches but I’ll help you get prepared with my list of 13 Hospital Must Haves for Bariatric Surgery.
If you suffer from Sleep Apnea bring your CPAP or BiPap to the hospital. The hospital pulmonologist will check to make sure it is functioning properly. Make sure the CPAP is properly cleaned before going to the hospital and when you get home. Hospitals are filled with germs, and after surgery, you are more susceptible to getting sick.
2. Comfortable Clothes
You may be in the hospital for a night or two, so you’ll want to be as comfortable as possible. I swear hospitals are designed to stress you out; constant beeping, dinging and just when you fall asleep staff comes in to give you meds, check your blood pressure or poke you with a needle. So you’ll want to be comfortable. Bring sweats, sports bra, slippers, etc.
3. Extra Blanket
My husband went home and brought me a plush blanket because I was freezing. and the anti-microbial sandpaper blankets weren’t cutting it.
4. Hygiene Products
I recommend picking up a travel pack for the hospital that has chapstick, deodorant, toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash, and lotion. The hospital has these items, but most of the time they aren’t the best products. So if you are picky like me pick up a travel pack. Amazon has men’s travel kits and women’s travel kits that I love.
5. Cell Phone and Charger
Hospitals are boring. You’ll be drugged up post-op but you’ll want your phone or tablet to entertain you. When you aren’t so loopy, you’ll want to call or text your loved ones to let them know you are ok. Make sure your charger has a long cord.
Luckily I had a private hospital room, not everyone is that lucky. Bring your headphones so you can stream shows without bothering your neighbor. Also, I listen to some pretty raunchy podcasts and I didn’t want to make the nurses uncomfortable, so I brought mine.
Most hospitals require identification before getting surgery. Your driver’s license is sufficient.
8. Insurance Cards
Even if your hospital has your card on file, you may want to bring a copy of the cards, just in case.
9. List of Medications
Bring a list of updated medications and vitamins you currently take. Check with your bariatric office if you need to bring the actual medications or if the hospital will provide them to you.
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If you wear glasses, definitely bring them a long. Vision is definitely a top hospital must have.
11. Books or Kindle
Again, hospitals are dull. You’ll need to entertain yourself. Bring your favorite book or kindle to help get you through the days.
Don’t laugh, but the gas pain is real post-op. Walking every hour helps prevent blood clots but also helps move all the air around inside you. I recommend the chewable gas-x tablets. Check with your hospital team to make sure you are allowed to use them.
13. Hand Sanitizer or Wipes
Yes, hand sanitizer is the new hot accessories, but this is a hospital musthave for everyone who is in the hospital. You’d think it would be clean, but germs run rampant in the hospital so you must have wipes or sanitizer if you can’t get to the sink to wash as frequently as you would like