Evaluation and Preparation: Keys to Successful Weight Loss Surgery

Your willingness to make lifestyle changes and prepare for your weight loss surgery procedure, will drastically affect your outcome after surgery. Therefore, your weight loss journey will begin with getting more information about the surgery and our program.
 

Step One: Patient Education Seminars

View or attend a free weight loss surgery seminar to learn more about surgical weight loss options and find out if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery.

Once you have completed this seminar and registered your contact information, a member of our team will contact you to schedule an initial clinic appointment and answer any questions you might have.

 

Step Two: Initial Screening and Evaluation

At your first appointment we will begin with a new patient class to answer any questions you might have about the program, discuss initial nutrition and exercise goals, and provide all documents you will need during the program. You will then meet individually with the surgeon to discuss your medical history, provide a physical exam, and to discuss surgical options. You will meet with a psychologist for evaluation before your surgery as well. These are requirements of the program.

 In addition, we will schedule lab work and any necessary tests. Our team will coordinate any studies or consultations you may need to prepare you for surgery. These consultations may include:

  • Cardiology
  • Pulmonology
  • Gastroenterology
  • Endocrinology
  • Respiratory Therapy

Once these evaluations and tests are complete, our multidisciplinary bariatric team will meet to discuss findings and determine if you can safely proceed to surgery.  We will develop a unique treatment plan to help you lose weight and prepare for a successful surgical outcome. The treatment plan includes:

  • A physician-supervised weight loss program
  • An individualized eating plan developed by our bariatric registered dietitian
  • A customized exercise program
  • A psychologic evaluation and time to discuss any psychologic or emotional barriers to prevent you from reaching your weight loss goals
  • Education, support, and monitoring
  • Recommendations on vitamin and mineral supplements
  • Bariatric Nurse Coordinator who guides patients through the entire process

 

Step Three: Insurance and Surgery Approval

Next, our team will help you understand your insurance requirements and how to manage through the process of pre-approval. We can also discuss self-pay options (link). Following pre-approval, we will then schedule a pre-operative visit. Remember, our Bariatric Nurse Coordinator will help you manage each step of the process and our team is available to answer all of your questions as you go through the program. Your surgeon will meet with you to:

  • Schedule your surgery
  • Discuss surgical options and risks
  • Review your medical history and answer any last-minute questions
  • Reinforce your understanding of the risks and benefits of anesthesia and surgery
  • Repeat your physical examination to rule out changes in your health status

 

Step Four: Final Insurance Approval or Payment and Post-operative Follow up

Your operation will proceed as planned if approved by your insurance carrier. If you are using the self-pay option, the fee must be paid in full prior to surgery. You will most likely only spend 1 to 2 days in the hospital and after surgery will be on a liquid diet for the first 2 weeks. Follow up clinical visits will be scheduled:

  • 2 weeks
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
  • Annually