Choosing a Surgeon:
Be sure that the surgeon you choose
- is certified by the American Board of Surgery.
- performs more than one Bariatric Procedure.
- has extensive experience in Bariatric Surgery. Simply ask, “Simply ask, How many laparoscopic bariatric cases have you done.?”
- can recommend a support group you can attend.
Once you have chosen a surgeon, you will be required to
- Consult with the doctor. A detailed history and physical exam will be performed. This will include questions about your previous weight loss attempts (diets, pills, and other medical procedures). The doctor will explain to you in detail the different bariatric surgical procedures, their benefits and complications. He will also give you the opportunity to ask him any questions you might have about the surgery. We encourage that you bring somebody (spouse, parent, friend, or sister) to the visit. He/she will need to understand the risks and benefits of this surgery
- Basic lab tests (depending on the co-morbid symptoms you have) like comprehensive blood test, thyroid profiles, sugar tolerance, etc. Sometimes you will need the clearance from your cardiologist, Echocardiogram, sleep study test and/or a pulmonary function test.
- Psychological evaluation, if needed.
- Sometimes and upon the results of your previous tests you will be. referred to other specialists for consult and clearance.
- Your health insurance information will be required (if you want to claim this through your insurance). Sometimes your insurance will require additional information and tests to approve your surgery. It may take up to 2 or 3 months for the insurance company to approve or deny it. Look for a doctor who is a patient advocate and is willing to help you appeal the denials.
- Once you have been approved by your insurance, you will be notified. If you decide to go ahead with the surgery, you will be scheduled for surgery at your earliest convenience.
- A week before your surgery, you will be required to come in for a second visit with the doctor. Also, pre-op tests will be performed 2 or 3 days before your surgery at the designated hospital.
- We recommend that you get the honest support of your close family and friends. You will need their cooperation and understanding after your surgery.