There are some things I have learned in regards to my: pre-gastric bypass; surgery and hospital stay; and post-surgery care in a nursing facility. I would like to share my insights:
1) Pre-surgery: If you are considering weight loss surgery, you need to check out the various programs that are covered through your insurance company. Not all hospitals have the same weight loss surgery programs. Investigate the surgeons who perform the surgery, the hospital, the pre-weight loss program, and if they provide post-surgery support. Read everything you can concern the different weight loss surgeries. The internet is a great resource.
2) Something else I should have done prior to surgery: Knowing ahead of time that I was going to go straight from the hospital to a nursing facility, I should have investigated various facilities prior to my surgery. Just because a facility says it takes bariatric patients does not mean they know how to provide sufficient care for post-surgery gastric bypass patients. A bariatric patient is just one who is of a certain weight that needs a special bed and other items for proper care. Do not assume the insurance company and hospital has researched these facilities as well. I suggest that you interview the facilities whether by phone or physically. When you find one that claims they can care for post-gastric bypass patients, ask questions as to what they provide – especially the diet/food you will need while in their care. If you find a facility, go visit the facility personally so you are not shocked like I was when I arrived at the care facility.