What To Take To The Hospital

Packing your hospital bagIf you’ve decided that weight loss surgery is the right choice for you, chances are good you’ve started thinking about the actual procedure. If you’re wondering what to take to the hospital, you’re not alone – that’s a common concern among our gastric surgery patients here at Destination Weight Loss.

Whether you’re having gastric bypass, a LAP-BAND, or a sleeve gastrectomy, knowing what to bring with you to the hospital can help make your stay more comfortable.

We’ve compiled the following list to help you out:

Comfy, Loose-Fitting Clothing

If you’d rather not spend your entire time in the hospital sporting an open-back hospital gown, you should pack a pair of loose-fitting PJ’s or a comfortable, short-sleeved nightgown. You’ll also want to bring non-restrictive clothes like sweat pants to wear when you’re discharged from the hospital, as your tummy may be sore right after the procedure. Remember to pack some comfy, clean underwear too!

Slip-On Shoes

Walking soon after your weight loss surgery is an important part of post-operative recovery.  Be sure to bring along a pair of slip-on shoes like clogs, or slippers with a sturdy, non-slip sole. Try to avoid shoes that need to be laced up, as you might find it tough to reach your feet for a few days.

Toothbrush & Toothpaste

The anesthesia used during your operation can leave your mouth feeling dry and stale, and depending on your surgeon’s instructions, you may not be able to eat or drink for a day or two. To keep your mouth feeling fresh, toothbrush and toothpaste are must-have items to take to the hospital!

Cell Phone & Charger

You’ll want to keep in touch with family and friends during your hospital stay, so be sure to pack your cell phone, and don’t forget your charger too!

Remember that if you’re planning on using your smartphone to watch videos or listen to music while you’re recovering, it’s a good idea to bring along a set of earbuds or headphones – that way, you won’t disturb other patients in the hospital.


If you are currently taking any medications (both prescription and over-the-counter), it’s important to bring these (in the original bottles) with you on the day of your weight loss procedure to give to your intake nurse.

What To Leave At Home

Many hospitals now have scent-free policies, so be sure to leave any perfumes, strongly-scented lotions, and other items that could cause breathing problems for scent-sensitive people at home. It’s also a good idea to remove all of your jewelry to leave at home for safekeeping.

The length of your hospital stay depends on which surgical weight loss procedure you choose, whether or not you have other medical conditions, and how your body responds to the surgery. Generally speaking, patients who have minimally-invasive procedures like gastric banding can expect to stay in the hospital for a night or two, while more complex procedures often require a longer stay.

If you have any additional questions about what to take to the hospital, how long you should expect your stay to be, or any other concerns you might have about your upcoming procedure, be sure to contact us here at My Destination Weight Loss.

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Destination Weight Loss is a comprehensive medical weight loss practice that uses the most advanced technology to help patients meet their weight loss goals through bariatric surgery and non-surgical methods. Our team of trained professionals includes licensed physicians and specially trained nurses that can provide emotional and practical support.

Together, we combine a small town, customer-friendly atmosphere with expertise in sophisticated bariatric surgery technology. We take pride in providing the personal attention you need and will walk with you every step of the journey toward your weight loss goals.

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