What to Take to the Hospital

Packing a hospital bagIf you’re preparing to have gastric bypass, gastric sleeve, LAP-BAND, or a revisional surgery, you might be wondering what to take to the hospital on the day of your procedure.

Here’s a quick list of what you should pack for your hospital stay:

Lip Balm

You may not be able to eat or drink anything for awhile after your weight loss surgery; that can leave your lips feeling dry and chapped.

Comfortable, Loose Clothing

If you don’t want to be stuck wearing hospital gowns during your stay, consider packing your own comfy, loose-fitting PJ’s. You’ll also want to pack loose-fitting clothes like sweatpants to wear for your trip home, since you may be a little sore or swollen for a few days.

Don’t forget to pack clean underwear for the ride home, and a front-closure bra can be a good idea too – it’s easier to put on after you’ve had surgery than one with clips in the back.

Slippers or House Socks

Your surgeon will want you to walk as soon as possible after your operation, so be sure to take to the hospital  a pair of sturdy slippers or thick house socks with built-in grippers to keep you from slipping on the hospital floors.


The anesthetic used during your operation can make your mouth feel dry and give you bad breath – a quick rinse with some minty mouthwash will take care of that!


Hospitals are busy, loud places. As you’re deciding what to take to the hospital, don’t forget a pair of earplugs to help block the noise so you can get some much-needed rest during your recovery.


If you are currently taking any prescription medications, be sure to take  these to the hospital in the containers provided by your pharmacy. Give your medications to your pre-op nurse when you check-in so they can make sure you get your meds on time.

CPAP Machine & Other Medical Devices

Take to the hospital  any essential medical devices like your CPAP machine, hearing aids, or braces.

What To Leave At Home

You should leave all of your jewelry, electronic devices, and other valuables at home for safekeeping.

And because many people are sensitive to scents like cologne and perfume, be sure to bring only unscented deodorant and lotions to the hospital.

For More Information

Patients who have laparoscopic weight loss surgeries can usually go home the next day, although when you’re deciding what to take to the hospital, it’s always a good idea to plan on staying there for a second night. Your care team will be able to tell you how long your hospital stay should be based on the procedure you are having and your unique medical needs.

If you have any additional questions about what to take to the hospital, be sure to contact us here at Olde Del Mar Surgical.

: (858) 457-4917