If you have heart problems or if the surgeon wants special monitoring, you may be admitted one day before your Gastric Bypass. However, this is extremely rare. A nurse will get you ready to go to the operating room when you arrive. You will wait on a stretcher or chair in the pre-operative area. Nurses, physicians, and anesthesiologists will ask you questions and will tell you what to expect in the operating room. An IV will be started. An epidural catheter may be placed for pain management, depending on you and your surgeon's preference.
Surgery lasts less than 3 hours; however, it may be 4 or 5 hours before your family and friends see the surgeon. The surgeon will speak with them after the surgery is completed.