25 August 2008

Call your surgeon is an essential part of weight loss surgery, as the complications can be sudden and severe. In the weeks after surgery, you should call your weight loss surgeon immediately if you:
  • Develop a fever over 101 degrees
  • Have uncontrollable pain
  • Cannot keep fluids down
  • Feel short of breath or have difficulty breathing
  • Have dark or tarry (bloody) stools
  • Begin to bruise far more easily than before
  • Your incisions begin to leak pus or bleed heavily
If you are unable to notify your surgeon, it is important to seek emergency care. As the intake nurse and doctor treating you will not be as familiar with your condition as your surgeon, it is essential that you explain that you are a bariatric patient, what symptoms you are experiencing, what procedure you had and when you had it. You should also offer your surgeon's name and request that he or she be notified or your condition immediately.


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