Pathway to weight loss surgery
Step 1: Attend information session
- This presentation explains the program criteria, surgical procedures, risk and benefits of surgery and necessary permanent life style changes (Including dietary and physical activity)
Step 2: Formal consultation with Surgeons
- At this office appointment, the surgeon will review your medical history and perform a focused physical exam. You will have the opportunity to discuss surgical weight loss options with your bariatric surgeon and ask questions.
- At the conclusion of your visit you will make an appointment to see our dietitian for weigh management. All patients are required to complete 3-6 months of our weight management program. The months most be completed consecutively.
Step 3: Complete 3 months of our weight management program
- At conclusion of your 3rd month of our program a preoperative testing and consultation packet according to your history will be given to you. This packet includes a list of diagnostic and laboratory test, consultations, insurance requirements and support groups that you will be required to complete before proceeding with your weight loss surgery.
Step 4: Complete test, consultations, month 4-6 of weight management
- Many insurance companies now require completion of all test within 6 months of surgery.
Step 5: Call for review & consent appointment (appointment to sign consent)
- When all of your work up is completed please notify our bariatric navigator.
- Once your navigator confirms she has all your consults and test results she will send the chart to our clinical team for review (this can take up to 2 weeks)
- When the chart is cleared you will be called with an appointment for a “second visit”
Step 6: Review & Consent Appointment
- During this visit you will meet with your surgeon once more and sign consent for surgery.
- Patient most be able to knowledge of risk/benefit associated with the surgery they will be having.
- You will be assigned a surgery date.
NOTE: You most provide a pre-op medical assessment from your primary care doctor at least 2 weeks before your schedule surgery date.
Step 7: Mandatory pre-operative review class with our dietitian
- You will review the pre and post-operative diet and have the opportunity to ask diet related question.