All patients considering surgical treatment of clinically severe obesity will be evaluated by the surgical team, clinical dietitian and a psychologist, each of whom must individually agree that the patient is a good candidate for surgery. A series of preoperative blood tests and x-rays are performed following the initial evaluations usually one week before surgery.
If you are a smoker, you MUST quit smoking at least one month and preferably two months before your surgery. This is important because smoking greatly increases you risk of pneumonia and other lung problems after surgery. Call your primary care physician if you need medicated patches or gum to help you quit. Smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the US.