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My gastric bypass surgery is scheduled for October 19th and I'm currently awaiting my preop appointment date.

My 1st question is what's the latest I can have a pre op appointment before surgery because it seems like I should have been scheduled for that already

My 2nd question is at what point should I stop taking prescribed phentermine by another doctor before my pre opt appointment or surgery?

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Congrats!

These are all questions that your surgery center will have to answer, because they are individual to your and your program. Definitely call them and ask them these things!

1) My pre-op appointment was less than 2 weeks prior to my surgery

2) The anesthesia nurse called me and told me which medications to stop taking prior to surgery and that was just for the night before/morning of surgery. I had stopped taking phentermine a long time ago because my insurance wouldn't cover it, but I was taking metformin for weight loss.

Again, these are program/personal health related questions and no one on a forum can really answer when your appointments will be or which medications you should stop and when.

Good luck!

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The nurse called me from hospital the day before surgery as well but one of my medications I needed to be off of a few weeks before surgery and the surgeon told me when to stop that one. Did you list the phentermine on the paperwork you filled out at the surgeons office? If so and you needed to go off it sooner they should have told you. (But it couldn’t hurt to ask just in case they missed it). As far as the pre-op appointment timing that’s definitely a matter for your team. I had almost a month between the two but I have heard of people getting a call with cancellation appointment available for the same week and they must do their pre op much closer to surgery day.

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My pre-op appointment was twelve days before surgery, but could have been later. I got generic instructions (stop taking NSAIDs three weeks before, go off caffeine, alcohol, and nicotine, etc.) with the initial packet but then I got a call two days before surgery with specific instructions, and an even more specific call the night before telling me what time to show up and confirming everything was set.

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I forgot to mention that I was told that I had to stop birth control pills six weeks before surgery, so they told me to stop when they scheduled my surgery, which was six weeks before the surgery date.

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I had my pre-op a week before surgery. My post-op was 2 weeks after my surgery. Based on the half-life of phentermine, it's good to stop (at the very least) 4 days before surgery because there are studies that it causes dangerous anesthesia problems (hypotension).

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