What To Expect Before Surgery

Before your bariatric surgery, you’ll go through a process to ensure you’re ready. The first step will be to attend our informational seminar. You will learn more about:

  • Our program
  • Obesity
  • The procedures we offer
  • Insurance requirements for bariatric surgery
  • And more

Bariatric surgery is not the only treatment for obesity disease. Your doctor might want you to try other treatments first. These could include working with a dietitian or using a weight loss medicine.

Your care team will only do bariatric surgery if it will provide health benefits for you. For the surgery to be a success, you will need to make lifelong changes to your diet and lifestyle. Your care team will want to know you are ready for the life changes that go with surgery.

The Approval Process

You will need to go through an in-depth process to be approved for bariatric surgery. It will determine if you are ready for surgery, if it will help you and if your health insurance plan will cover the costs. You’ll need to meet with:

  • A surgeon, who must confirm that you are a good candidate for surgery
  • A mental health care provider, who can look at your emotional readiness
  • A dietitian, who will assess if you are ready to make needed changes

You may also need clearance from:

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  • A primary care doctor, who can look at your general health and readiness for surgery
  • A heart doctor, who can make sure your heart is healthy enough for surgery
  • A lung doctor, who can make sure your lungs are healthy enough for surgery

All of these caregivers must agree that weight loss surgery is safe for you. You will also need to:

  • Stop smoking
  • Work with your care team to treat medical or emotional problems

A Big Decision

Weight loss surgery is a big step. It will change your eating habits for the rest of your life. You’ll need to have a bariatric meal plan. Make sure you fully understand the risks and benefits of gastric surgery options. Ask for support from your partner, family and friends.

Tests Before Bariatric Surgery

You will need some exams to make sure you are healthy enough for the surgery and recovery. These might include:

  • Blood tests to check for anemia, infection, hormone levels and kidney function
  • Screening for nutrient deficiencies
  • Chest X-rays to make sure your heart and lungs are healthy
  • An echocardiogram, if more information about your heart is needed
  • An electrocardiogram to look at your heart rhythm
  • Pulmonary function tests to see if your lungs are healthy

Realistic Goals Are Key

Before your journey starts and throughout it, it’s important to have a realistic weight loss goal for your surgery. You may not lose all of your extra weight after a weight loss surgery. Most people don’t. You may lose one-half to two-thirds of your excess body weight.

Your results will depend on the weight loss surgery you have, whether it’s a gastric sleeve procedure or something else. Be sure to ask your care team about what you can expect. Having a realistic goal can help keep you motivated. It can help keep you on track with your good eating habits.

Regardless of the pounds you shed, being at a healthy weight can improve or cure health conditions you have at a heavier weight. You may even be able to reduce or stop some of the medicines you take. Plus, your energy levels will increase and so will your confidence.

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