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Consider these items before beginning your weight loss surgery journey. If you feel that you are ready, continue on to the bariatric surgery checklist.
You have to follow the directions of your surgeon and bariatric team, especially diet, exercise, labs and office follow up. Surgery alone will not take care of your weight or health issues. We have an extensive follow-up routine for all our bariatric surgery patients in order to successfully maintain
Check with your insurance company and see if bariatric surgery or weight loss surgery is a covered benefit under your policy. If your insurance policy includes a specific exclusion for the surgical treatment of obesity you will not be covered for surgery, no matter your current health issues.
Bariatric surgery is NOT done for cosmetic reasons. It is done to improve failing health. If you meet the medical criteria, you are doing it for health reasons.
It is crucial that you have a strong support network of family and friends that will be there to help you through the decision making process, and especially as you recover after surgery. We suggest that not only the patient, but also their close friends and family become educated about the risks and benefits of weight loss surgery.
Use this checklist to guide you through the process toward bariatric surgery. Note: Items 1-3 should be done before your appointment with our weight management team.
1.) Check to see whether you have the benefit for bariatric surgery.
2.) Surgeon education video (webinars) online. This 1 hour video must be done before your appointment.
3.) Appointment with the bariatric surgery weight management team (Bariatric Nurse Practitioner and Dietitian)
4.) Begin medical weight management visits.
5.) Psychiatric Evaluation - Must be completed by qualified provider before surgery and within the same year that surgery is done
6.) At least one attendance to a bariatric surgery support group is required.
Additional requirements will be discussed at your appointment. All required documents will not be submitted to your insurance for approval until the program and insurance documents have been completed. Contact our Weight Management office for any questions at (402) 572-3684, option 1.