Bariatric Weight-Loss Surgery

Essential Items to Purchase and Pack in Preparation for Bariatric Surgery

Dr. Jason F. Moy
Dr. Brian T. Chin
Daniel Roman
Essential Items to Purchase and Pack in Preparation for Bariatric Surgery

Preparing for bariatric surgery and the recovery period afterward can be a daunting task, but it is essential to ensure a successful outcome. One crucial aspect of preparation is packing essential items for the hospital stay and recovery period. In this article, we will outline the items you should purchase and pack to make your stay and recovery as comfortable as possible.

Essential Items to Purchase and Pack

Here is all your hospital bag should have, as you prepare for your weight-loss surgery.


When it comes to clothing for bariatric surgery, comfort is key. During your hospital stay and recovery period, you will want to wear loose-fitting clothes that do not rub against your incisions. It's also important to wear supportive undergarments to prevent chafing and provide extra support to your abdomen.

Consider packing a few changes of comfortable clothes, such as loose-fitting sweatpants, t-shirts, and hoodies. You may also want to pack some compression garments if your healthcare provider recommends them. These garments can help reduce swelling and promote healing.

Remember to pack clothes that are easy to put on and take off, as you may experience some discomfort and limited mobility after the surgery. By packing comfortable clothing, you can make your hospital stay and recovery period more comfortable and focus on your healing.

Personal Care Items

Personal care items are essential to pack for bariatric surgery, as they help maintain hygiene and comfort during your hospital stay and recovery period. Here are some personal care items to consider packing:

  • Toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste, and deodorant are a must-have. Pack some tissues, facial wipes, and hand sanitizer for keeping yourself clean.
  • Lotion and lip balm can prevent dryness and chapping caused by the hospital environment and medications after surgery.
  • The right hair care products can help keep your hair looking neat and tidy, such as a comb or brush. You may also need to pack dry shampoo if you don't have a chance to shower right away.

Surgeries can also affect your menstrual cycles if you are a woman, so we recommend packing feminine hygiene products as well. Consider packing extra absorbent pads, tampons, or menstrual cups.

Medical Supplies

You will likely need medical supplies during a hospital stay or during a recovery period, so make sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions regarding it. Here are some medical supplies to consider packing:

  • Prescription medications are a must-have. Make sure to pack all your prescription medications, including pain relievers, antibiotics, and any other medications your healthcare provider has prescribed.
  • Your healthcare provider will recommend supplements to help support your body's healing process, so be sure to pack them.
  • Your healthcare provider may recommend pain relievers or anti-inflammatory drugs to treat pain or discomfort.
  • To prevent blood clots and promote healing, your healthcare provider may recommend compression stockings or sleeves. Pack these if recommended.

Miscellaneous Items

Other than clothing, personal care items, and medical supplies, there are some other items you might need to pack for bariatric surgery. You can keep yourself entertained and comfortable during your hospital stay and recovery with them.

  • While you are hospitalized or recovering, electronic devices like tablets, laptops, and e-readers can keep you entertained and distracted. Pack your electronic’s chargers as well.
  • Earplugs or a sleeping mask can help you get a good night's sleep in a hospital environment, which can be noisy and bright.
  • A water bottle is essential to stay hydrated. Choose a water bottle that is easy to drink from, such as one with a straw.
  • A neck pillow or travel pillow can help keep you comfortable, especially if you need to sit up for extended periods.
  • A small bag or backpack can be helpful to carry your personal items around the hospital and during your discharge.

Tips for Packing and Preparing for Surgery

Preparing for bariatric surgery can be overwhelming, but there are a few tips to help make the process easier. Here are some tips for packing and preparing for bariatric surgery:

  • Make a checklist: Before you start packing, make a checklist of all the essential items you need to pack. This can help ensure you don't forget anything important.
  • Follow your healthcare provider's instructions: Following your healthcare provider's packing instructions is essential when preparing for bariatric surgery. Make sure to check with them before packing, as they may have specific items you need to bring or avoid.
  • Pack for the length of your stay: Make sure you pack enough clothing, personal care items, and medical supplies for the length of your hospital stay. You don't want to run out of essential items.
  • Pack light: While it's important to pack everything you need, try to pack as lightly as possible. You may have limited space in your hospital room and may not have the energy to carry heavy bags.
  • Organize your items: Keep your items organized in separate bags or containers to make it easier to find what you need. You may want to label your bags to make it easier to identify their contents.

By following these tips, you can make the process of packing and preparing for bariatric surgery less stressful and ensure you have everything you need for a successful hospital stay and recovery period.

At BASS Bariatric Surgery Center, we're committed to helping you achieve your weight loss goals and providing the support you need throughout your journey. Contact us today to learn more about our bariatric surgery options and how we can help you achieve a healthier, happier life.

About The Author

Daniel Roman, Content Writer

Daniel Roman is a Digital Content Writer at BASS Medical Group. He received his Masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley in 2021. Daniel has published multiple newspaper articles covering public health issues. His latest was a magazine cover story on pandemics and diseases that he co-wrote with Dr. Elena Conis, a historian of medicine, public health, and the environment.

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