What to expect at your final pre-op visit with the Nurse Practitioner
What to Expect at your Pre-Op prior to Bariatric Surgery
Sherril M. Boozer RN, MSN, FNP-BC
The Preop Visit is a very important step in preparing for bariatric surgery. This appointment usually occurs 2 weeks before surgery in the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery offices at Turkey Creek Medical Center. At this appointment, the patient will meet with me, Sherril Boozer FNP-BC (Nurse Practitioner), for approximately 1 hour. A physical exam is performed; the patient’s entire medical history is reviewed and up-dated, including: past and current medical problems, current medications, surgical history, allergies, immunizations, and other preventive medical exams. All medications that the surgeon wishes you to take before and after surgery are prescribed at this time. Also, instructions are provided as to stopping or holding any of the patient’s current medications before and after surgery. Thus, bringing a list of your current medications, including the dose and how it is taken, is essential. At the preop visit the results of the preop labs, which are typically drawn after Diet Class (which patients are required to attend usually 1-2 weeks prior to the preop visit) are reviewed and addressed if warranted. Postop activities, preop diet, and surgical consents are reviewed and completed at this visit. A handout with the information discussed at this visit is provided to the patient upon completion of the visit. The Preop Visit at New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is followed by an appointment with the hospital’s preadmissions testing department (PAT) where a chest x-ray and EKG are usually performed, as well as a possible anesthesia consultation, and all paper work for the hospital and surgery is completed. Patients are advised to allow 4 hours for these appointments. We believe preparation is one of the keys to success in life. Our goal is to promote an environment which offers you the necessary information to be confident in this journey.