What happens on the day of your gastrectomy?
- Follow the instructions exactly about when to stop eating and drinking. If you don’t, your surgery may be canceled.
- If your doctor told you to take your medicines on the day of surgery, take them with only a sip of water.
- Take a bath or shower before you come in for your surgery. Do not apply lotions, perfumes, deodorants, or nail polish.
- Do not shave the surgical site yourself.
- Take off all jewelry and piercings. And take out contact lenses, if you wear them.
At the hospital or surgery center
- Bring a picture ID.
- The area for surgery is often marked to make sure there are no errors.
- You will be kept comfortable and safe by your anesthesia provider. You will be asleep during the surgery.
- The surgery will take about 1 to 3 hours.
- After surgery, the bowel usually “rests” for a few days before it starts working again.
- You may have a thin plastic tube in your nose that goes into your stomach. This tube drains stomach juices and prevents nausea. The drainage usually looks green, brown, or even black with flecks of blood.
- The tube will be removed in a few days, after your bowels start working again. After the tube is removed, you can start drinking and eating again.
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