Surgery and hospitalization:
1. Will the anesthesiologist and OR staff have had significant experience working with you on gastric bypass patients?
2. What training will the floor nurses have had in dealing with gastric bypass patients?
3. Are all of your patients sent to the same ward while in-patients?
4. What arrangements are made with the hospital dieticians for post-operative nutrition?
5. What steps are undertaken to minimize the need for leaving the OR with a drain? (This is one of my big gripes with the way the procedure is done by some-- the surgeon can test your connections before you leave the OR to test for leaks, so there is no need for a drain. Also, if leaks are checked for in the OR, you can start sipping water ASAP and truly commence a speedy recovery, rather than waiting 24 hours to have x-rays taken of the field. I left the OR leak-free and drain-free.)
6. What is the rate of incisional infection that your patients have experienced?
7. How soon after surgery do you require your patients to get out of bed?
1. What, if any, support group do you recommend to patients?
2. Do you attend these support group meetings?
3. What is the schedule for follow-up visits?
4. How closely do you monitor your patients' future pharmacological and nutritional needs? How involved do you become with your patients' primary care physicians? Do you routinely administer B-12 injections?