During Your Hospital Stay
UPMC Chautauqua WCA
31 Sherman Street Building, Suite 2500
UPMC Chautauqua WCA)
Jamestown, NY 14701
Fax: (716) 485-7878
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Our Bariatric Physician
Galo Grijalva, MD FACS
The day of your surgery, you will be asked to arrive at the hospital at a certain time, usually 1.5 hours before the scheduled time of your operation. The Ambulatory Care nurses will help you get ready and will take care of your personal belongings. Also the anesthesiologist will explain the procedure and answer any questions you might have as it regards to anesthesia. He/she may order some medication to help you relax before going to the operating room.
After surgery, you will be taken to the recovery room. You will spend a few hours there as you wake up from general anesthesia. During this time, you will be monitored closely by the nurses and be asked to deep breath and they will watch your vital signs and manage your pain. You will then be moved to your room on 4D where your family can see you.
The day of your surgery, you will be asked to walk in the evening. This is very important to help prevent blood clots in your legs from forming. This condition is called a deep venous thrombosis or DVT. You will also need to keep your sequential compression devices on your legs while you are in bed. These two preventative measures are VERY important in your recovery.
It is normal to feel uncomfortable during the first few days after surgery, but each day you will feel stronger and more active. You will be given pain medication to ease your discomfort. You may possibly be given a PCA (patient controlled analgesia) pump, in which case your nurse will teach you how to use it. This allows you to give yourself pain medication as you feel you need it through your IV. You can only give yourself enough that you need. There is no danger of overdosing.
You may feel dry in your mouth for the first 24 hrs. after surgery. This is usually due to the medication administered while you were in surgery. You will be allowed to swab your mouth, but not drink anything the first day after surgery.
While you are in the hospital, the nurses will provide for your medical care. Dr. Grijalva will visit you daily, so have any questions ready. You will also be visited by a registered dietitian.