What to Buy Before Bariatric Surgery: A Hospital Bag Checklist

Obesity is a common problem in the United States. The World Health Organization (WHO) states that around 650 million adults worldwide are obese. In the United States, the number of people who are obese is increasing. According to recent research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about one-third of adults in the United States are obese.

Bariatric surgery is a type of surgery to help people lose weight. Bariatric surgery is usually done on people who are obese.

Are you preparing for gastric sleeve surgery? If so, one of the most important things to do is pack your hospital bag checklist. It will help ensure that you have everything you need when you go in for surgery. This blog post will provide must-have items you should include in your hospital bag.

We recommend reading our blog posts on setting smart goals for weight loss. It will guide you on how to set realistic expectations for your weight loss journey.

1. Comfortable Clothes To Wear Home from the Hospital

Bariatric surgery is a big deal. You’ll be in the hospital for a few days, and when you finally get home, you’ll want to be comfortable. Pack loose-fitting clothes that will be easy to put on and take off. If you have any special needs, such as compression garments, make sure to pack those as well.

2. Underwear and Bras that Fit Comfortably

After the surgery, you may need to go up a few sizes in underwear and bras. Before surgery, it’s best to buy items that will be comfortable to wear post-op. Many companies make special bariatric surgery garments, so research what will work best for you. For example, these come with features like front closures and extra support.

3. Sanitary Napkins or Incontinence Pads

Post-surgery, you may experience urinary incontinence and involuntary leakage of urine. To protect your clothing and furniture from accidents, it’s a good idea to have sanitary napkins or incontinence pads on hand.

You’ll also want to stock up on:

  • absorbent underwear
  • bedding protectors (for both chairs and beds)
  • body wipes
  • extra clothing (in case of accidents)
  • plastic bags (for soiled clothes)

Ask your surgeon or bariatric coordinator if you have questions about what to pack in your hospital bag. They can give you specific instructions based on your individual needs.

4. Medications

You will be given a list of medicines before and after surgery. These may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Painkillers
  • Gastric acid reducers
  • Thiamine (vitamin B) supplements
  • Multivitamins
  • Iron supplements

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