Questions to ask
Here are some questions that I suggest that you consider. My surgeon didn't answer them all, but they were answered by various people I met during the first appointment.
What are the risks of this surgery? What steps do you take to reduce the risks?
I have the following medical issues (list them all, including acid reflux, diabetes, high blood pressure, joint pain etc). How will this surgery impact these conditions?
Have your surgeon describe the surgery, and recovery.
Will I be able to continue to take all my current medications after surgery? Are there new medications that the surgeon will require?
Will I be able to tolerate all the same foods after surgery?
How many of this surgery have you done? How many in the past 12 months?
What is the weight loss that you would expect for me with this surgery?
What are the clearances that you will need for surgery? (eg cardiac, pulmonary)
Does my insurance have specific requirements that I should be aware of?
You should also be prepared to answer why you want bariatric surgery - what is your motivation for the short term, and the long term.
My post-op period was pretty rough- I don't think knowing before hand would have helped. This board and reading everything I could get my hands on helped. Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies is a very good book.
"What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls the butterfly." Richard Bach
"Support fosters your growth. If you are getting enough of the right support, you will experience a major transformation in yourself. You will discover a sense of empowerment and peace you have never before experienced. You will come to believe you can overcome your challenges and find some joy in this world." Katie Jay
To answer your question concerning NSAIDS, you should talk indepth to your doctor. I take aspirin for my heart, and there are potential issues with that as well. Both my primary care doc and my surgeon agreed upon what I should be taking.
For pain relief, I take Tylenol, or if I need a stronger pain reliever, percocet which is a very heavy duty pain med. The pain medication that I had in the hospital was very effective, so don't worry about pain.