Step 1: Do you qualify for weight loss surgery?
. Weight loss surgery may be appropriate for those who are 100 pounds or more overweight, have a Body Mass Index of 40 or higher, or who have a body mass index of 35 or higher accompanied by one serious obesity-related health problem.
. Begin your journey by attending a free bariatric surgery information session. Offered several times a month, these sessions help you learn about requirements, the surgery process, and the lifestyle changes you will need to adopt.
Step 2: Schedule your bariatric consultation
. Your surgeon will determine if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery.
. He or she will help you learn about the bariatric procedure’s risks, complications, and challenges.
. He or she will discuss the pros and cons of different weight loss procedures.
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Step 3: Begin the pre-surgical lifestyle support program
. This six-month program will prepare you for both surgery and your insurance requirements.
. You will learn about healthy diet and exercise habits.
Step 4: Prep for your bariatric procedure
. Follow your doctor’s pre-surgery diet program.
. Ensure you are able to take four to six weeks off work.
. Prepare the foods and vitamins you’ll need after surgery.
. Cease smoking and alcohol consumption.
. Ensure you have received insurance approval and have completed all necessary paperwork.
Step 5: Undergo your weight-loss procedure
. You will most likely require a two-hour pre-op, in which your care team will prepare you for surgery.
. You will undergo anesthesia.
. During post-op, your care team will monitor your vital signs and help manage your pain.
. Most patients remain in the hospital for one to three days after their procedure.
Step 6: Post-bariatric surgery recovery
. You will need to strictly adhere to your doctor’s post-surgery diet plan.
. Your calorie consumption will be about a quarter of what it used to be.
. In the weeks after your procedure, you must care for your incision site.
. You may experience weight loss surgery side effects.
Step 7: Life after Bariatric Surgery
Your surgery is only one step in your health transformation journey. We want you to have excellent results and are committed to helping you achieve your goal of better health for a lifetime.
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The First Year Post Surgery
The first year after your surgery you will have monthly follow up appointments where we will monitor your progress and offer assistance. Occasionally, if you're doing well, your visits could possibly be lessened to every six weeks.
A typical first year follow up schedule for a patient is detailed below:
. One Week after Surgery
You will attend a one-week post-operative nutritional class with other patients and the bariatric dietitian.
. Two Weeks after Surgery
You will be seen in the office for your first postoperative visit. Your wounds will be checked and any questions you have will be answered. If you are doing well, you will make the transition to the next phase of your diet. You will begin taking your life-long regimen of vitamin and mineral supplements.
. Three Weeks after Surgery
You will attend a three week post-operative nutritional class with other patients and the bariatric dietitian.
. Four Weeks after Surgery
You will visit the office for a routine check-up to assess your dietary intake, determine how well your wounds are healing, obtain anthropometrics (body mass index, body weight, fat mass and fat free mass) and ask any questions you have. You may also see another member of the team such as a mental health provider, spiritual counselor or physical therapy, if warranted.
Each month, you will be seen for the general assessments described above. You will be given a prescription for blood tests to be performed two weeks prior to your six-month postoperative appointment. You may also be seen by other team members if it is advised by the nurse or doctor.
. Six Months
Prior to this appointment, you must have the six-month series of blood tests at your primary care physician’s office or at your designated laboratory. Because there is a possibility of vitamin and mineral deficiencies and associated complications, such as anemia, you must have the following blood tests: Complete Blood Count (CBC), Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP), liver function tests and blood tests for measurements of certain vitamins, iron, and thyroid and parathyroid function. Your surgeon may add or delete certain tests as warranted on an individual basis.
If you do not have your labs completed prior to this appointment, you will be given a prescription for them at this time.
During the six-month visit, anthropometrics will be measured (body mass index, body weight, fat mass and fat free mass), and quality of life status and eating behaviors may be determined from standardized questionnaires. Furthermore, you will have dietary assessments and may be seen by nutrition or exercise professionals. Consultations with the behavioral health provider are optional and available.
. One Year
Again, you will have the above mentioned labs conducted at this time. During the yearly visit, you will have a routine follow-up examination, measurement of anthropometrics, assessment of quality of life status and your picture will be taken. Dietary concerns will be addressed, as will optional consultations with the dietitian and behavioral health provider.
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