Along your journey to a healthier and more active lifestyle, there are changes that need to be made. Our program is designed to identify some of those changes and help you make them! The first step in deciding whether weight loss surgery is right for you is to educate yourself with a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits of the surgical procedure. Talking to your primary care physician, physician specialist or family physician is a good next step.
Be aware, there is a lot of misinformation about weight loss surgery, so be sure you talk to qualified sources that can help you make an informed decision. It can also be helpful to talk with others who have taken the path you are now considering - so you will know more about the personal commitment required to successfully achieve weight loss through surgery. In the end, your best source for information is an experienced bariatric surgeon who knows how to handle your special needs before, during, and after weight loss surgery.
Weight loss surgery is major surgery. Although most patients enjoy an improvement in obesity-related health conditions after the successful results of weight loss surgery, these results should not be the overriding motivation for having the procedure.
Embrace a Balanced Life
Carefully consider the decision to have weight loss surgery. Make sure you research the options and the information we provide to help you to make this decision. Our experienced bariatric physicians will answer your questions and clearly explain the procedure, the extent of the recovery period and the reality of the follow-up care that will be required.
It is important to remember that there are no ironclad guarantees of any kind in medicine or surgery. There can be unexpected outcomes in even the simplest procedures. Weight loss surgery can only succeed when the patient makes a lifelong commitment to change. Some of the challenges facing a person after weight loss surgery can be unexpected. Lifestyle changes can strain relationships within families and between married couples. To help patients achieve their goals and deal with the changes surgery and weight loss can bring we encourage you and your family to attend support groups, dietitian consultations and keep all doctor appointments.
The decision to have bariatric surgery is entirely up to you and your doctors. After having heard all the information, you must decide if the benefits outweigh the side effects and potential risks. Surgery is only a tool. Your ultimate success depends on strict adherence to the recommended dietary, exercise and lifestyle changes.
Your First Appointment
Check your Benefits
Call the customer service number at your insurance company, and ask for the benefits department. Ask if you have benefits for bariatric surgery. This information can also be found written in your policy.
You may be asked for CPT Codes, which are:
Bring your Weight Loss Records
You will be asked to provide documentation of all recent medically supervised weight loss attempts, which includes what you have done with our bariatric surgery team at the Center for Health Promotion or with your own physician. Your insurance company may deny benefits if you do not provide proof that you have participated in past weight loss attempts during the last two years. If you are using what you and your personal physician have done, be sure to track monthly visits with him or her over a six-month period, documenting your progress. The weight loss attempts do not have to involve medication. They may include exercise, low calorie diets or visits with a dietician.
Bring your Medical Records
Medical records are essential in helping us to better understand your medical picture. Any visits to a doctor, surgeries, lab results, diagnostic procedures and ER visits should be included. Request records pertaining to your weight and any conditions worsened by your weight, such as hypertension, diabetes, sleep apnea and degenerative joint disease, etc. We need your medical records dating back five years.
A preoperative psychological evaluation is an essential part of preparing for weight loss surgery. The importance of obtaining a thorough psychological assessment cannot be overstated. A detailed clinical interview and objectively scored psychological tests is part of a comprehensive psychological evaluation. Many insurance companies require an evaluation for benefits and our surgeons require an evaluation for all patients.