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Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery


The Hospital Stay

1. What is done to minimize the risk of deep vein thrombosis/pulmonary embolism or DVT/PE?

Because a DVT originates on the operating table, therapy begins before a patient goes to the operating room. Generally, patients are treated with sequential leg compression stockings and given a blood thinner prior to surgery. Both of these therapies continue throughout your hospitalization. The third major preventive measure involves getting the patient moving and out of bed as soon as possible after the operation to restore normal blood flow in the legs.

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2. What should I bring with me to the hospital?

Basic toiletries (comb, toothbrush, etc.) and clothing may be provided by the hospital, but most people prefer to bring their own. Choose clothes for your stay that are easy to put on and take off. Because of your incision, your clothes may become stained by blood or other body fluids. Other ideas:

  • Reading and writing materials
  • Crossword and other puzzles
  • Personal toiletries
  • Bathrobe

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Call: 617.414.8052
Fax: 617.414.8053

Boston Medical Center
Minimally Invasive and Weight Loss Surgery
Shapiro Center
3rd Floor, Suite 3A
725 Albany Street
Boston, MA 02118

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