Recommendations For A Major Outpatient Surgery

The current availability of minimally invasive surgical techniques and anesthetics with fewer side effects allows major surgery operations like gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana to be performed on an outpatient basis, that is, it is not necessary to enter the patient or use a hospital bed to perform the operation.

If you must undergo major ambulatory surgical intervention, it is very important to prepare beforehand and care during and after it.

Preparation Before Surgery

  • The doctor will request before the operation the practice of x-rays, an electrocardiogram and a blood test to know our state of health and to rule out any contraindication or problem to carry out the surgery.
  • We must inform the doctor if we have any allergies to medications or foods or if we had a reaction to anesthesia in previous operations.
  • The night before surgery we should take a light dinner and thereafter not eat or drink any kind of food or drink. If we have diabetes, we have to ask the doctor what we can take and when.
  • If we smoke, it is advisable not to smoke at least 2 or 3 days before the intervention.
  • Make sure that someone from your environment can accompany you to the health center the day of the operation because you should not drive before or after surgery.

Recommendations For The Day Of The Operation

  • Take a shower when you get up, washing your hair too. Do not put on makeup or paint your nails.
  • Dress in comfortable clothes and do not wear jewelry or watches.
  • Do not take any food or drink because you must remain fasted.
  • Remove dentures and contact lenses before going to the health center.
  • If you take any medication, do not forget to take it with you.
  • Before signing the authorization to undergo the intervention (the so-called informed consent), the medical and nursing staff will inform you about the benefits and risks of the operation; moments that can be used to clarify any questions you have.

Tips For After The Operation


  • The recommendations vary depending on the type of surgery and the body area intervened but in general it is advised:
  • Rest at home but start walking as much as possible to promote blood circulation.
  • If the surgical wound hurts or bothers you can take analgesics, according to the dose and schedule indicated by the doctor.
  • Do not drive or drink alcohol. Neither smokes because it hinders the oxygenation of the tissues and slows recovery.
  • Possibly the doctor will recommend you follow a soft or light diet during the first days and progressively go on a normal diet.