Preparing for surgery
Once you have decided that weight loss surgery is for you, the next steps would be:
1. Attend a Free Informational Seminar
Informational Seminars are given a minimum of twice a month by our surgeons. They are limited to a small group in order for patients to be able to ask questions. You will have a chance to meet with the members of our team including our insurance specialists, one of our patients and learn, in detail, about the different types of surgeries available, as well as their risks and benefits.
2. Schedule an appointment to meet with the Surgeon
During your appointment, you will meet privately with the surgeon. He or she will discuss and review your medical history and any previous attempts at dieting. You will have the opportunity to discuss which operation is best for you and then review the risks and benefits of that procedure. Our surgeons encourage family members or supportive friends to attend these meetings as, this is an important aspect of your success.
3. Meet with the Insurance Specialist
It has been our experience that dealing with insurance companies is a complicated process. Our insurance specialists have over 50 years combined experience in this field and are knowledgeable in all aspects. They will handle this process for you in its entirety, from your initial visit to approval.
You will be informed whether you have coverage for Bariatric Surgery, what if any copay you may have, as well as what if any copay you may have for the testing and consultations that are necessary before your surgery. If you don't have insurance there are several payment plans and financing options available to you.
4. Meet with the Surgical Coordinator
You will meet with our surgical coordinators to discuss the necessary preoperative testing and consultations you may need. Our surgeons believe in making sure their patients are fully worked up and in the best possible condition to undergo surgery. There are a number of tests that all patients are required to undergo in addition to psychological and nutritional evaluations by our psychologist and nutritionist. We have made the process as simple as possible for you, and will provide you with a worksheet with phone numbers, locations, a space to keep track of your appointments as well as a timeline for when your tests are due. With many years of experience working with Bariatric surgery patients, our surgical coordinators can answer any questions you have and will make sure that your surgery date becomes a reality.
In order for your surgery to be successful you must also commit to the following:
- Learn all you can about each procedure before making a decision.
- Discuss your decision with your family and/or supportive friend(s).
- Follow all instructions on preparing for surgery.
- Attend a support group pre-operatively, and commit to attending them post-operatively.
- Commit to improving your health by adhering to the diet and exercise programs prescribed both before and after surgery.