Hello griffdawg, I'm so glad you found us! We will help you any way we can! First I would like to pass this little piece of information on to you: the younger you are when you have this done, the easier & faster your recovery (even though you may not think so at the time), and the better the result.
Ok, the MOST important thing you must know is how many of these surgeries has your surgeon performed? How many does he/she do a week?, a month? If this is a general surgeon? you must find a special surgeon, preferably a thoracic surgeon who is an expert in this are. Geographically there are experts, so choose carefully. I researched my surgeon and my GI recommended him as well.
Is this going to be a laproscopic or open surgery?
What pre-op tests are required?
How long are you going to be in the hospital?
What diet are you to follow afterward?
What restrictions will you have afterwards? (by this I mean lifting, going back to work, working out)
What kind of pain control? Get scripts for anti-nausea meds.
What is your weight? are you required to lose weight in order to meet protocol (normal BMI was an absolute requirement for my surgeon)
After this, I'm drawing a blank, so I'm asking the others to fill in the holes in my memory!
Good luck, stay with us, we will help you!