While lap band surgery is becoming increasingly more popular among weight loss surgeries, there are many obese adults who are continuing to turn to gastric bypass surgery. If you are consider gastric bypass surgery, there are many factors about this surgery that you should become familiar with, including the medications that will be given to you in the days and weeks after the weight loss surgery takes place.
While your weight loss surgeon may be inclined to give you the full scope of information about the dietary restrictions and recovery period after gastric bypass surgery, many surgeons fail to disclose the types of medications to be administered. As a result, when a gastric bypass patient undergoes gastric bypass surgery, there is often great surprise over the amount of medications needed immediately after surgery takes place.
Pain medication, obviously, is a prescription medication you will need to use immediately after surgery takes place. But, in addition to pain medication, your weight loss surgeon will also need to prescribe several other medications to you as well. Infection is a significant cause for concern after surgery and, as a result, your surgeon will request that you take antibiotics even before the gastric bypass surgery takes place. These antibiotics will continue for several weeks after surgery as a way to reduce your risk fro any type of infection and not just infection related to the surgery itself.
In addition to pain medications and antibiotics, your doctor will also recommend that you take medications to control and prevent ulcer development, medications to prevent nausea and vomiting, and medications to prevent blood clots. If your doctor is concerned about your risk for developing gallstones, then you will also be asked to take medications to reduce the risk for gallstones.
Taking this high quantity, and quality, of medications, can pose some degree of stress on your body physically. It is important, therefore, that you are prepared for this dosing and the side effects of all medication. Using a pill box to ensure your doses are timed and dispensed at the right times will be crucial to your long term health and to ensuring your get the best possible outcome once your gastric bypass surgery is complete and your wound is healed. Be sure, therefore, to ask your doctor about all medications prior to your surgery so that you, and your caretaker, can be prepared.
Sources: Everything You Need to Know to Make an Informed Decision: Gastric Bypass Surgery, by Mary P. McGowan, pp. 167-168.