When discussing and planning the procedure with your doctor, be sure to confirm your insurance coverage of the procedure and any required hospital stay well in advance.
Tell your doctor about the medications you’re taking, about your allergies, and about any surgeries you have had, as well as any reactions to anesthesia in the past.
Arrange to have someone accompany you to the hospital on the day of the procedure, and to have someone drive you home afterward. You may also need to have a friend or family member help you at home for a day or two after the surgery.
Before your surgery, your doctor will determine the most suitable spot in your abdomen for the pump in an effort to not interfere with clothing or daily activities.
Your doctor and the hospital will give you important instructions to follow before the surgery. Follow these pre-surgery instructions carefully.
In most cases:
- You will need to stop eating and drinking at some point before the surgery.
- Your physician will tell you which medications you can and cannot take before the procedure.
- You will need to shower or bathe before going to the hospital, and avoid using lotions, powders or perfumes.
On the day of the procedure:
- Have someone go with you to the hospital.
- Wear simple, loose-fitting clothing and shoes that are easy to slip on and off.