What's the best day of the week to have your surgery?
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread: What's the best day of the week to have your surgery?

  1. #1
    Member Qaterra is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics CommunityQaterra is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics Community Qaterra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Rio Grande Valley, Texas
    Posts
    406
    Sex (M/F)
    Female
    Surgery Type
    MGB
    Surgery Date
    TBD
    Starting Weight
    230
    Current Weight
    220
    My Goal Weight
    125

    What's the best day of the week to have your surgery?

    Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.

    Many surgeons routinely take 3-day weekends. Most take off at least Saturday and Sunday.

    So, if you have your surgery on Thursday or, worse, Friday, if there's some complication, who's going to look after you? Not your surgeon who likely will be unavailable.

    Source: Reader's Digest, October 2012, 50 Things Your Surgeon Won't Tell You; various others.

  2. #2
    Member mergatroid is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics Community mergatroid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    cny
    Posts
    166
    Sex (M/F)
    female
    Surgery Type
    rny
    Surgery Date
    Nov 28, 2012
    Starting Weight
    214
    Current Weight
    140
    My Goal Weight
    ???
    Thanks for posting this. I hadn't thought about that. I'll keep that in mind when scheduling my surgery. I had an operation scheduled for 11:30am once and brought a muffin in for my doctor to eat beforehand. I didn't want him having
    shaky hands during my operation. He laughed, but ate it anyway.

  3. #3
    Newby Happiest Loser is a newby on the forums
    Join Date
    Oct 2012
    Location
    New York (upstate)
    Posts
    1
    Sex (M/F)
    Male
    Surgery Type
    Bypass
    Surgery Date
    7-10-12
    Starting Weight
    436
    Current Weight
    311
    My Goal Weight
    220
    Its funny, My doc had just come off of a 2 week cruise and I was his first surgery that day. He came in all tan and was excited to be back to work, lol. Nuff said on that, he schedules his surgeries on Tues, and Wed. every week so he is there for the post op. Great Doc. His Name is Dr. Kwon from Middletown, N.Y.

  4. Likes TwoMas likes this post
  5. #4
    Member Javajoy is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics CommunityJavajoy is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics Community
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    FWB, FL
    Posts
    448
    Sex (M/F)
    Female
    Surgery Type
    Lapband
    Surgery Date
    March 12,2012
    Starting Weight
    228
    Current Weight
    169
    My Goal Weight
    120
    I don't know about other bariatric centers but the one I went to usually was not open on the weekends. One of the nurses told me that she sometimes has to work just a Saturday morning to discharge a patient and if they can't go home they are placed on another unit. Not all surgeons take three day weekends. I think that is a myth. They might not be there in person but most are reachable.

    I think it would also depend on what procedure you were having done. Lapbands usually go home the following morning and some even the same day depending on the surgeon. While other procedures can stay anywhere from one to three days.

    All surgeons I am familiar with have a doctor to take call for them so you would get care regardless, if you needed it. Sometimes you just go through the Emergency room and very often your surgeon is available by phone to issue orders. They won't leave you hanging.

    It also depends on the surgery schedule and when the special rooms are available. I prefer Monday morning surgeries and procedures and that is what I got quite by accident. I didn't ask but I was glad because I ended up staying until Thursday due to an extra surgery they had to do.

    Your point is excellent though. But, they won't leave you hanging without care. Someone is available either by phone or through an emergency room.

  6. #5
    Member Qaterra is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics CommunityQaterra is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics Community Qaterra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Rio Grande Valley, Texas
    Posts
    406
    Sex (M/F)
    Female
    Surgery Type
    MGB
    Surgery Date
    TBD
    Starting Weight
    230
    Current Weight
    220
    My Goal Weight
    125
    To clarify:

    I did not say that all surgeons take a 3-day weekend.

    Nor did I say that anyone would be without care. I said only that it would likely not be your surgeon providing it given those particular days.

  7. #6
    Member Qaterra is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics CommunityQaterra is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics Community Qaterra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Rio Grande Valley, Texas
    Posts
    406
    Sex (M/F)
    Female
    Surgery Type
    MGB
    Surgery Date
    TBD
    Starting Weight
    230
    Current Weight
    220
    My Goal Weight
    125
    Quote Originally Posted by Happiest Loser View Post
    Its funny, My doc had just come off of a 2 week cruise and I was his first surgery that day. He came in all tan and was excited to be back to work, lol. Nuff said on that, he schedules his surgeries on Tues, and Wed. every week so he is there for the post op. Great Doc. His Name is Dr. Kwon from Middletown, N.Y.
    Welcome in, Happiest Loser! Looks like you are doing very well.

    I'm glad to see you here. You'll find this Forum friendly and supportive. Please keep posting. This group is somewhat lacking in the testosterone department! lol

    Tom (and others) looks like you'll have to share a little more. lmao

  8. #7
    Member Javajoy is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics CommunityJavajoy is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics Community
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Location
    FWB, FL
    Posts
    448
    Sex (M/F)
    Female
    Surgery Type
    Lapband
    Surgery Date
    March 12,2012
    Starting Weight
    228
    Current Weight
    169
    My Goal Weight
    120
    So, if you have your surgery on Thursday or, worse, Friday, if there's some complication, who's going to look after you? Not your surgeon who likely will be unavailable.

    I did not mean for anyone to misunderstand what I said but you indicated that if you had surgery on a Friday you wanted to know who would take care of you. I just tried to give you some reassurance that you would be cared for. I also indicated that it sometimes depends on the procedure you and your surgeon choose and I know from personal experience that the availability of the surgical suite has a lot to do with it as well. Sorry for any misunderstanding. Many others (as have I) have already had their surgery so maybe they would answer differently. I am just speaking from my experience. Perhaps yours will be different. Wishing you the best on your journey.

  9. #8
    Member Qaterra is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics CommunityQaterra is Respected Member of the American Bariatrics Community Qaterra's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Rio Grande Valley, Texas
    Posts
    406
    Sex (M/F)
    Female
    Surgery Type
    MGB
    Surgery Date
    TBD
    Starting Weight
    230
    Current Weight
    220
    My Goal Weight
    125
    Quote Originally Posted by mergatroid View Post
    I had an operation scheduled for 11:30am once and brought a muffin in for my doctor to eat beforehand. I didn't want him having
    shaky hands during my operation. He laughed, but ate it anyway.
    Never thought about that aspect. You're right, of course.

    Surgeons usually start early in the morning and often work very long hours, doing several surgeries in a row. And with a schedule like that, I suspect it's near impossible to fuel yourself well.

    I do believe the next time I have any surgery, I, too, will take my surgeon something good to eat!

  10. Likes mergatroid likes this post
  11. #9
    Member TwoMas is a Respected Member of the Bariatric CommunityTwoMas is a Respected Member of the Bariatric CommunityTwoMas is a Respected Member of the Bariatric Community TwoMas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Yreka CA
    Posts
    1,147
    Sex (M/F)
    Male
    Surgery Type
    Rue-N-Y
    Surgery Date
    3/28/2010
    Starting Weight
    310
    Current Weight
    200
    My Goal Weight
    170
    Hi, Q I had a long weekend out and about just catching up on the forum lots of chatter this columbus day weekend! My surgery was done on Monday and I was out by wednesday morning, My surgeon has an on call doc on the weekends but I never used it, lucjkily I had very few complications and I adjusted my BP meds on my own, I asked for forgivenerss on my nesxt visit. Tom

  12. #10
    Member TwoMas is a Respected Member of the Bariatric CommunityTwoMas is a Respected Member of the Bariatric CommunityTwoMas is a Respected Member of the Bariatric Community TwoMas's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Yreka CA
    Posts
    1,147
    Sex (M/F)
    Male
    Surgery Type
    Rue-N-Y
    Surgery Date
    3/28/2010
    Starting Weight
    310
    Current Weight
    200
    My Goal Weight
    170
    Quote Originally Posted by mergatroid View Post
    Thanks for posting this. I hadn't thought about that. I'll keep that in mind when scheduling my surgery. I had an operation scheduled for 11:30am once and brought a muffin in for my doctor to eat beforehand. I didn't want him having
    shaky hands during my operation. He laughed, but ate it anyway.
    Hi Mergatriod, That remenids me of the old joke- Question, "Do you want your doctor drinking alcohol before surgery" Answer "Only if it keeps his hands from shaking" BadUmpAh Chahhhh LOL Bad humor I know but I just had to say it Tom

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Started my 2-week liquid diet today. Surgery October 8!
    By Suzie in forum Upcoming Surgeries!
    Replies: 12
    Last Post: 10-22-2012, 09:56 PM
  2. What a week!
    By ProudGrammie in forum General Post-Op Chat
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-20-2012, 11:20 PM
  3. 1 week after surgery
    By dragonfly4lisa in forum General Chat
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 09-15-2012, 10:33 PM
  4. one week post op
    By goppingen1 in forum Introductions
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-19-2012, 11:44 PM
  5. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 06-13-2012, 12:23 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts