Before you even schedule a consultation with our dedicated surgeon, we encourage all patients to attend a free informational seminar. After attending the seminar, the bariatric coordinator will contact your insurance company to verify your benefits. Once this is completed (usually in a week), you are given an appointment with the surgeon to start the process.
Pathway to Surgery
You will start the process with an appointment with the bariatric surgeon. He will review your clinical picture and together you will decide which procedure is right for you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and further discuss the process at this appointment. Once you have visited with the bariatric surgeon, you will be scheduled for an appointment at the Center for Health Promotion to have an initial consultation with one of our medical bariatric physicians. Most insurance carriers will require you to participate in a 3 to 6 month medically managed weight loss program. In some cases, you and your primary care physician may have already completed at least 3 to 6 months of continuous serious weight loss. In most cases, this will satisfy the recommendations of our comprehensive bariatric program and the requirements of your insurance company.
The purpose of participating in a medically supervised weight loss program is to prepare you for the lifestyle changes that will help you to be successful after surgery. These include simple things like eating smaller meals more frequently. It will also help you to lose weight prior to the surgery. Those patients that lose at least 10% of their body weight before surgery have less anesthesia and surgical risk. Losing weight will decrease the size of a liver that may be enlarged due to obesity. This helps to decrease the surgical risk. You will also have a consultation with our dietitian and psychologist to make sure that this is the right decision for you and to help you to fully understand the lifestyle changes that are so important to your success.
After you are given clearance from the insurance company and the clinical team, we will schedule the surgery. The process can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months depending on criteria of your insurance carrier and your clinical condition.
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