Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?
Consider these items before beginning your weight loss surgery journey. If you feel that you are ready, continue on to the bariatric surgery checklist.
Can you comply with the follow up that is required after surgery?
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
Does insurance cover weight loss surgery?
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.
Are you looking to surgery for the right reasons?
Bariatric surgery is NOT done for cosmetic reasons. It is done to improve failing health, and is for those 100 pounds or more overweight. If you meet the medical criteria, you are doing it for health reasons.
Do you have the emotional support you need?
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.
Bariatric Surgery Checklist
Use this checklist to guide you through the process toward bariatric surgery. Note: Items 1-5 should be done before your appointment with our weight management team.
1.) Check to see whether you have the benefit for bariatric surgery (see insurance verification page in patient packet for more information).
2.) Begin medical weight management visits.
A.) Weigh-ins and documentation of diet and exercise monthly goals with your doctor or join our free Healthy Lifestyles class.
3.) Surgeon education video (webinars) online. This 1 hour video must be done before your appointment otherwise you will be required to watch it in our office when you come for your visit.
4.) Medical History Questionnaire. This is mailed to you and must be filled out and brought to your appointment with our weight management team.
5.) Surgical procedure video (links below). This is approximately a 30 minute long video you must watch prior to you initial appointment, if not done before you could be asked to reschedule your appointment
- Gastric Banding-Education and Nutritional Needs
- Sleeve Gastrectomy- Education and Nutrition Needs
- Roux-EN-Y Gastric Bypass- Education and Nutritional Needs
6.) Appointment with the bariatric surgery weight management team (Bariatric Nurse Practitioner and Dietitian)
7.) Psychiatric Evaluation - Must be completed by qualified provider before surgery and within the same year that surgery is done (CHI psych providers are listed on bariatric checklist in patient packet)
8.) At least one attendance to a bariatric surgery support group is required. See our Support Group Schedule.
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.