- Steps to Bariatric Surgery
- 1. Attend our free weight loss seminar
- 2. Consultation with the Surgeon
- 3. Comprehensive Tests and Evaluations
- Bariatric Surgery Process: Our Multidisciplinary Approach to Bariatric Surgery
- The Steps to Surgical Weight Loss at UPMC
- Step 1: Do you qualify for weight loss surgery?
- Step 2: Schedule your bariatric consultation at UPMC
- Step 3: Begin the Presurgical Lifestyle Support Program
- Step 4: Prep for your bariatric procedure
- Step 5: Undergo your weight-loss procedure
- Step 6: Post-bariatric surgery recovery
- Step 7: Adopt a new lifestyle
- What are the most important things to know before selecting a surgeon?
- What are the routine tests before surgery?
- What is the purpose of pre-operative bariatric surgery tests?
- Why is a gastrointestinal evaluation necessary?
- Why must I complete a sleep study?
- Why do I need a psychiatric evaluation?
- What impact do medical problems have on bariatric surgery?
- How long is the process of undergoing bariatric surgery?
- What can I do to speed up the process of getting ready for surgery?
- Weight Loss Timeline after Bariatric Surgery: What You Should Know
- Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass Surgery
- Weight Loss after Gastric Sleeve Surgery
- Transform Your Health and Confidence with Bariatric Surgery
- The Timeline of Weight-Loss Surgery
- Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Timeline
- Surgical Weight Management
- 9 Things You Can Do Today to Begin Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
- How Quickly to Be Approved for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
- Step-by-Step Guide to Gastric Bypass Surgery
Steps to Bariatric Surgery
1. Attend our free weight loss seminar
The first step in your consideration of bariatric surgery is to attend a free online educational seminar about weight loss surgery.
While viewing the online seminar, you will learn about the different minimally invasive laparoscopic bariatric surgeries offered at NWH, meet our surgeons Dr. Roslin and Dr. Messina, and find out if bariatric surgery – gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or another procedure – is right for you.
2. Consultation with the Surgeon
After attending a Surgical Weight Loss Seminar, you can meet with Dr. Roslin or Dr. Messina for a consultation.
For Dr. Roslin, please call (914) 223-1720 and schedule an appointment at Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, NY.
For Dr. Messina, please call (914) 864-4551 and schedule an appointment at CareMount Medical Center.
Prior to your consultation:
- Bring referrals and insurance co-payments to all of these appointments.
- Bring the completed Patient Health History Questionnaire to your consultation appointment.
- Obtain insurance approval. Please call your insurance carrier and become familiar with the benefits and specific requirements for your approval.
3. Comprehensive Tests and Evaluations
These tests are conducted to ensure that your mind and body are in the best possible condition to withstand surgery and to anticipate any avoidable complications.
If you have any questions regarding the steps to bariatric surgery, please give us a call at (877) 677-1077.
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Bariatric Surgery Process: Our Multidisciplinary Approach to Bariatric Surgery
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The Steps to Surgical Weight Loss at UPMC
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.
- Learn how to calculate your BMI.
- 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.
- Learn about bariatric surgical options available at UPMC.
Step 2: Schedule your bariatric consultation at UPMC
- 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.
Step 3: Begin the Presurgical 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.
- Learn more about the recovery process.
Step 7: Adopt a new lifestyle
- You will need to begin a new diet and exercise plan. Many patients can begin exercise about six weeks after surgery.
- Your care team will arrange long-term support and educational services to help you achieve long-term weight loss success.
- You will attend follow-up appointments with your care team to ensure a healthy recovery.
What are the most important things to know before selecting a surgeon?
Experience, commitment and collaboration are critical. Because of the many health problems that obese patients have, most of the procedures are considered high risk. The surgeon’s experience therefore, is crucial.
Other important determining factors are your care team’s knowledge about bariatric surgery and its collaboration between specialties. Bariatric surgery isn’t just about losing weight. We believe that successful outcomes are best achieved when patients are educated by a multidisciplinary team that includes nurses, dietitians and psychologists.
What are the routine tests before surgery?
Certain basic tests are done prior to surgery:
- A complete blood count
- Chemistry panel
- Gallbladder ultrasound
The chemistry panel gives results of about 20 blood chemistry values. Many surgeons also ask for a gallbladder ultrasound to look for gallstones.
Other tests may be requested when indicated and include:
- Chest X-ray
- Pulmonary function testing
- Sleep studies
- GI evaluation
- Cardiology evaluation
- Psychiatric evaluation
What is the purpose of pre-operative bariatric surgery tests?
An accurate assessment of your health is needed before surgery. The best way to avoid complications is to understand their potential in the first place. It is important to know if your thyroid function is adequate since hypothyroidism can lead to sudden death post-operatively.
If you are diabetic, special steps must be taken to control your blood sugar. Because surgery increases cardiac stress, your heart will be thoroughly evaluated.
These tests will determine if you have:
- Liver malfunction
- Breathing difficulties
- Excess fluid in the tissues
- Abnormalities of the salts or minerals in body fluids
- Abnormal blood fat levels
Why is a gastrointestinal evaluation necessary?
Patients with significant gastrointestinal symptoms such as:
- Upper abdominal pain
- Sour fluid
They may be symptomatic of underlying problems including:
- Hiatal hernia
- Gastroesophageal reflux and/or
- Peptic ulcer
Up to 15 percent of reflux patients may show early damage in the lining of the esophagus, which could predispose them to cancer of the esophagus. It is important to identify this so a suitable surveillance or treatment program can be planned.
Why must I complete a sleep study?
The sleep study detects a tendency for sleep apnea. The abnormal stopping of breathing usually associated with airway blockage when the muscles relax during slumber. This condition is associated with a high mortality rate.
Sleeping after bariatric surgery
After surgery you will be sedated and will receive pain narcotics, which further depress normal breathing and reflexes. Airway blockage also becomes more dangerous at this time. It’s important that your surgeon has clear expectations of the procedure so he can decide how to handle possible irregularities.
Why do I need a psychiatric evaluation?
The most common reason a psychiatric evaluation is ordered is to fulfill insurance company requirements. Most evaluations focus on a patient’s understanding and knowledge of the risks and complications associated with weight-loss surgery and their ability and commitment to follow the basic recovery plan.
What impact do medical problems have on bariatric surgery?
Medical problems such as serious heart or lung problems can increase the risk of any surgery. Conversely, if these problems are related to the patient’s weight, they also increase the need for surgery. Severe medical problems may not dissuade the surgeon from recommending bariatric surgery if it is otherwise appropriate, but those conditions will make a patient’s risk higher than average.
How long is the process of undergoing bariatric surgery?
New evaluation appointments are typically scheduled two to three months in advance. Following this initial visit, the patient will participate in a series of compliance visits in an effort to learn more about successful diet and exercise strategies. These are required by insurance and our program in order to ensure success post-operatively.
Once a patient has completed this process, and if the surgeon and patient agree the operation is appropriate, the procedure is usually scheduled within six weeks after receiving authorization from insurance.
What can I do to speed up the process of getting ready for surgery?
Select a primary care physician if you don’t already have one, and establish a relationship with him or her. Work with your physician to ensure that your routine health maintenance testing is current. For example, women may have a pap smear, and if over 40 years of age, a breast exam. And for men, this may include a prostate specific antigen test (PSA).
- Prepare a diet history of all previous weight-loss attempts to show your surgeon.
- Bring all pertinent medical data to your surgical appointment, including reports of special test results (echocardiogram, sleep study, etc.) and or hospital discharge summaries.
- Bring a complete list of medications including dose and schedule.
- Stop smoking. Patients who use tobacco products are a much higher surgical risk.
Weight Loss Timeline after Bariatric Surgery: What You Should Know
July 18, 2018 — by Liza Pompa, MD
Tags: Bariatric Surgery
Recent studies reveal that 35 percent of American men and 40 percent of women are obese, with a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or higher. Along with diet and exercise routine modifications, bariatric surgery can treat obesity so patients can shed excess weight and achieve better health.
Patients might wonder about the weight loss timeline after bariatric surgery. Knowing how much weight you can expect to drop after a bariatric surgery procedure can help you set healthy, reasonable goals and prepare to live a more active, nutritious lifestyle. To learn more, contact LIMARP®, serving patients in Tijuana, MX and San Diego, CA.
Weight Loss after Gastric Bypass Surgery
When considering post-surgical weight loss, healthy expectations are the key to success. Patients should know the difference between starting weight and excess weight.
Your starting weight is easy; it’s the amount you weigh the day you undergo bariatric surgery.
To calculate your potential excess weight, start with your current weight. Then, subtract your ideal weight. The difference is your excess weight. For example, if your starting weight is 300 pounds and your ideal weight is 175 pounds, your excess weight would be 125 pounds.
Patients can typically expect to lose about 70 percent of their excess weight. In the above example, this would be a total weight loss of 87.5 pounds after bariatric surgery, bringing the patients weight down to 212.5 pounds.
As for the timeline in which these changes will occur, noticeable weight loss occurs about six months to a year post-surgery. Although individual results vary depending on factors ranging from age, health, and starting weight, studies show average weight loss for this type of procedure is five to 15 pounds per week for the initial two to three months.
After the first six months, patients can expect to lose one to two pounds per week. After a year, weight tends to become more stable.
Weight Loss after Gastric Sleeve Surgery
Gastric sleeve surgery is one of the most popular types of bariatric surgery, reducing stomach capacity and preventing overeating by helping you to feel full sooner. Patients undergoing this procedure can anticipate accelerated weight loss, noticeably reducing body weight in four to six months.
Much like with gastric bypass surgery, patients should use their starting weight and their healthy weight to help them determine how much excess weight they are carrying. After determining their excess weight, patients can have a realistic idea of how much they can expect to lose.
Under the care of an experienced bariatric surgeon like Dr. Liza María Pompa González, patients can experience rapid results. Over the first three months, patients can expect to lose about 33 percent of their excess weight.
Six months post-surgery, patients can anticipate shedding half their extra weight. After one year, this number increases to 65 percent, and 18 months after gastric sleeve surgery patients can lose up to 70 percent of their excess weight.
Transform Your Health and Confidence with Bariatric Surgery
The success of each patient’s bariatric surgery depends upon his or her commitment to making healthy choices of eating nutritious foods and living an active lifestyle.
The surgeon’s level of expertise also plays a huge role in weight loss results. Our renowned bariatric surgeon, Dr. González, and her surgical team possess the knowledge and experience to make your weight loss goals a reality.
Call our office toll free from the United States at 866-279-8276 or contact our office online anytime to begin the journey toward renewed health and self-esteem.
The Timeline of Weight-Loss Surgery
“Preparing for weight-loss surgery used to take about an hour,” says Joyce Schone, RD, LD, a dietitian at the University of Minnesota Medical Center-Fairview in Minneapolis who’s worked with weight-loss surgery patients since 1995. Today, however, patients may start the journey a year before the actual weight-loss surgery.
During this time, a bariatric-surgery medical team (which can include a psychologist, dietitian, fitness trainer, and other professionals in addition to a surgeon and primary doctor) ensures that weight-loss surgery is a good option for them and that they’re physically and mentally ready for the challenges and lifestyle changes that obesity surgery brings. “A number of months are spent assessing and becoming a good candidate,” says Schone.
Indeed, the process of weight-loss surgery is extensive, and proper preparation can determine how successful it will be. You’ll need to make a serious commitment to improving your health and start a significant lifestyle overhaul long before the day of surgery — and keep it up permanently.
The preparation and timeline for weight-loss surgery varies among medical facilities, but here’s a basic outline of what you should expect:
6 to 12 Months Before Surgery
- Attend information sessions to decide if weight-loss surgery is right for you (usually free to the public).
- Ask your primary-care provider for a referral to an accredited bariatric-surgery program.
- Enroll in the bariatric-surgery program, attending all required classes and meetings.
- Start exercising three to five times a week for 25 to 30 minutes, with your doctor’s clearance.
- Begin eating a healthier diet.
2 to 4 Months Before Surgery
- Start the preauthorization process with your health-insurance company, Medicare, or state medical-assistance program.
- Meet with the bariatric surgeon and set your surgery date.
- Per your surgeon’s requirements, arrange all necessary examinations and testing to be done before surgery.
- Make arrangements with your employer for your medical leave of absence.
- Make certain you’re exercising regularly, so it becomes a habit.
- Start practicing how to eat after surgery. “You should have already started eating like a person with a smaller stomach, which means reducing your portion sizes, pacing your meals, chewing your food well, and making good food choices,” says Schone.
4 to 6 Weeks Before Surgery
- Review all results from medical evaluations and testing with your surgeon. Confirm your surgery date. Discuss how to prepare for the day of surgery.
- Confirm insurance pre-authorization.
- Meet with your dietitian or nutritionist to fine-tune your postsurgery diet.
- Continue your exercise routine.
1 to 2 Weeks Before Surgery
- Follow your surgeon’s preoperative instructions closely, and make sure you are aware of when you need to have all your pre-op examinations and testing performed and completed.
- Preregister with the hospital admissions department.
- Continue to eat according to your dietitian’s plan.
2 to 3 Days Before Surgery
- Be sure all questions have been answered by your team.
- Shop for specific food items for your diet after surgery.
24 Hours Before Surgery
- Follow your team’s preoperative instructions and suggestions, especially those given by your surgeon and anesthesiologist regarding eating and drinking prior to the procedure.
Day of Surgery
- Bring any medications to the hospital with you, as well as any items your team has suggested you take along.
Follow-Up Visits After Surgery
After weight-loss surgery, an ongoing schedule for follow-up visits is necessary. Here’s an example:
- 5 to 7 days: Appointment with your surgeon or primary health-care provider to check the progress of your healing
- 1 month: Evaluation with your surgeon or primary doctor, as well as nutritional and psychological follow-ups as needed
- 3 months: Appointment with your dietitian or nutritionist to assess your diet; psychological follow-up as needed
- 6 months: Recheck appointment with your primary doctor and routine blood testing
- 9 months: Appointment with your dietitian or nutritionist to assess your diet
- 1 year: Recheck appointment with your primary doctor and routine blood testing
- Annually: Recheck appointment with your primary doctor and routine blood testing
- 1-2 years or with a BMI (body mass index) less than 30: Consultation for plastic surgery (if needed or desired)
“Preparing for weight-loss surgery and beyond is a gradual process,” emphasizes Daniel Procter, MD, a bariatric surgeon at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville who’s performed weight-loss surgery since 1978. Every step in the timeline above is important for your success in losing the excess weight, keeping it off, and improving your health.
Gastric Sleeve Weight Loss Timeline
The U.S. National Library of Medicine Study looked at different weight loss procedures to see how all of them compare regarding weight loss. The study found that when patients were followed up within 1, 2 and three years after surgery, those who had gastric sleeve surgery had more of a considered long-term weight loss chart than other surgery types.
In the gastric sleeve weight loss chart, just 6.3% of the patients had any complications at all. 60% of the patients studied had experienced major weight loss in just one to two years (18 months) following their surgery.
Another study, the Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases Study, looked at how successful gastric sleeve surgery was at helping patients keep weight off for an extended period. It looked at the results of patients who had the surgery five years ago. Things such as total weight loss, how quickly weight was lost, quality of life and complications were all evaluated.
In order to determine the amount of weight you will lose after gastric sleeve surgery, use our Weight Loss Calculator. Just remember losing weight at an accelerated rate is not always a good thing. Losing weight too quickly can cause loose skin or stretch marks.
Also: Will The Stomach Stretch After Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Surgical Weight Management
9 Things You Can Do Today to Begin Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery
There are many essential steps you must take to prepare for weight loss (bariatric) surgery, and your commitment to lifestyle change begins before surgery itself.
Here are 9 things you can start doing today to begin preparing for weight loss surgery:
- Learn about weight loss surgery: Read books, view websites, attend a support group and talk with others who have had surgery to become informed about the procedures offered, risks and lifestyle changes.
- If you smoke, quit smoking and discontinue use of all tobacco and nicotine products: Smoking and the use of tobacco and nicotine products have been proven to dramatically increase the risk of complications during and after bariatric surgery. We require our patients to be tobacco-free as well as off all nicotine products for a minimum of three months prior to beginning pre-surgery education.
- Make changes in your diet: Try to eat three regular meals and one to two small snacks per day. When planning meals, be sure to include breakfast and try to avoid eating within four hours of bedtime. Focus on increasing protein and fresh fruits and vegetables, while reducing or eliminating sugar and high-fat foods, as well as fast-food and restaurant meals.
- Begin tracking your food and water: Recording your eating and drinking habits can uncover valuable information and help you identify opportunities for improvement. Use our convenient food and beverage trackers.
- Drink more water and limit all other beverages: Follow your body’s thirst signals. Adults need at least 64 ounces of water every day. Identify and limit or eliminate sources of liquid calories, including alcohol, soda, juice, energy drinks and coffee with cream or sugar. Eliminate caffeinated and carbonated beverages. Stop drinking liquids with your meals and wait 30 minutes after a meal before drinking.
- Begin an exercise routine: If you are not currently exercising, start small and create a consistent physical activity plan that fits your ability – short walks, chair exercises and small increases in daily activity can make a difference. Find an activity you enjoy and focus on frequency rather than intensity. Gradually build up exercise time by adding a few minutes of activity every day.
- Commit to not gaining additional weight: It is important to not gain weight while preparing for surgery. Avoid “last suppering” and overeating in anticipation of making diet and lifestyle changes later on. Your team of health care providers may discuss additional pre-surgery weight loss goals with you.
- Change your relationship with food: Begin to think about food as essential fuel for your body and pay attention to how your body reacts to the food you eat. Increase your awareness of external cues for eating, as well as satiation (fullness) cues. Eat mindfully – avoid eating while distracted (including at your desk or while watching TV). Focus on eating slowly, chewing thoroughly, really tasting and savoring your food. Work to reduce or eliminate “reactive” eating when bored, tired, stressed or using food to cope with emotions.
- Focus on your mental and emotional health: Begin thinking about what factors have contributed to your weight and what has been in the way of making changes in your life. Think about your readiness for change at this time. Consider starting a list or journal of healthy and motivating lifestyle changes you are making. Develop a support network of positive, caring people. Find alternative ways of coping with emotional eating. Remember that making lifestyle changes is a process that takes time – take small steps, set realistic goals and stay positive.
How Quickly to Be Approved for Gastric Sleeve Surgery?
Gastric Sleeve Articles
- Written by renewbariatric
Published Aug 10, 2017 | Last Updated Jul 27, 2019
- Evidence Based
Gastric sleeve surgery is an effective and safe bariatric surgery for obese people that desire to achieve significant weight loss and reversal of the comorbid conditions such as sleep apnea, diabetes, hypertension, osteoarthritis, dyslipidemia, etc. it is a restrictive surgery done laparoscopically to reduce the size of the stomach and limit calorie intake.
Insurance coverage has helped many individuals who could not afford the cost of weight loss surgeries. The benefits include the cost of the operation, the follow-up visits and the treatment of any complication that arises.
The requirements from one insurance company to another variable. There is also some degree of variation between states. These have a significant effect on the time it takes from the initiation of the process to get approval.
Most insurance providers will want to have proof of eligibility for the surgery. Thus, before approval could be given, you must have gone to see your doctor and nutritionist and get evaluated. Investigations would be done, and your eligibility and fitness for surgery would be determined.
An assessment by a behavioral scientist (psychologist) may be required to assess the presence of an addiction and to determine your psychological readiness to lose weight.
How to Quickly Be Approved for Gastric Sleeve in Mexico? Gastric Sleeve or VSG Tijuana can be quickly approved by contacting our helpful staff in as a little of a day. Those who want to quickly undergo gastric sleeve can be done so within a few weeks.
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Bariatric surgeries only achieve significant weight loss when complemented with healthy diet and exercise. This must be initiated and maintained for a reasonable period before surgery. The aim of this is to ascertain the readiness of the individual to achieve weight loss and to know those that would likely adhere to the dietary and lifestyle changes after the surgery. Insurance companies will, therefore, demand an evidence of at least six months of compliance with the dietary plan and exercise before approval.
The higher the degree of obesity the more the risk associated with surgery. Therefore, some insurance providers may demand that the patient lose some weight before getting approval for the operation. This is aimed at reducing the operative risks and postoperative complications.
In summary, you may have to go through the following steps to get insurance approval for your gastric sleeve surgery:
- Consult your primary physician who will supervise your dietary and lifestyle changes
- A 6-month program of healthy diet and exercise which should be monitored by a doctor.
- Your primary physician may then issue a letter to your surgeon
- A psychiatric evaluation would be carried out
- All necessary investigations to ascertain your fitness for the surgery would be done.
- A sleep study may be carried out, but for those who are already on CPAP, such research is usually omitted.
- Meeting with a nutritionist will be organized
- The clinic will then submit all necessary paperwork to your insurance company
- Then you await the approval.
Steps you have to go through to be approved with Renew Bariatrics:
- Apply for Mexico Weight Loss Surgery Here
- Get approved by your surgeon and begin your process
- Make a Booking Deposit to secure your date
- Work with your patient educator to get all the necessary documentation and travel itinerary
- Undergo your surgery! Simple, Fast and High-Quality.
From the time of submission of the paperwork, it may take few days to few weeks before approval is finally given. There are reports of people who were able to obtain approval from their insurance providers within 24 hours after submission of all paperwork.
Interested in undergoing Gastric Sleeve in Mexico? Please contact our helpful, knowledgeable patient educators who can help guide you through the entire process of getting approved for the gastric sleeve surgery in Tijuana, or Cancun.
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Step-by-Step Guide to Gastric Bypass Surgery
There are several steps you will need to be fully committed to once you decide you want gastric bypass surgery . It is important you complete each step and not rush through the process. Your surgeon has carefully outlined these steps as a means to reduce surgical and post-surgery risks, as well as help you succeed and reach your weight loss goals.
Step 1: Become Qualified for Surgery
This step involves scheduling a consultation appointment to determine your body mass index (BMI) to see if it is within the range for bypass surgery. Your surgeon will also want you to attend a seminar or do a one on one consultation, to discuss any health issues you might have, the recommended procedure in details including benefits, alternatives, risks involved, and the preparation phase and tests needed prior to surgery.
Step 2: Review Your Payment Options
Your health insurance may pay a portion of the surgery. You will want to find out ahead of time to know what amount you will be responsible to pay. This is also the time to discuss payment options with your surgeon’s staff and work out an appropriate payment plan.
Step 3: Schedule a Follow-up Consultation
At this visit, your surgeon might offer you a tentative date for your surgery. Prior to the surgery date, you will have some goals to meet, which may include some preliminary weight loss. If you fall short or fail to meet these on time, your surgery might have to be rescheduled.
Step 4: Meet with a Nutritionist
Part of your long-term weight loss objectives will be to change your current dietary habits. Your nutritionist ( we have a dedicated full time dietitian in our office) prescribes a new diet you need to follow both prior to and after your surgery. In addition, you will be asked to start exercising before your surgery, all based on each patient abilities and health condition.
Step 5: Meet Pre-Surgery Weight Loss Goals
In some cases, your surgeon may have recommended you lose a certain amount of weight before you can have bypass surgery. Any weight you are asked to lose shows your surgeon you are committed to losing weight. Plus, you may be required to do so in order to reduce surgical risks.
Step 6: Stop Using Tobacco
If you use tobacco products, your surgeon may require you to stop prior to surgery. Stopping helps reduce surgical risks, as well as improves your overall long-term health and well-being.
Step 7: Schedule and Complete Any Pre-Surgery Tests
You will need to have a variety of lab work completed as well as other medical tests prior to your surgery. Your surgeon may also request you meet with a phycologist or psychiatrist prior to the surgery and post-surgery, as needed.
Step 8: Surgery Day
Once you have completed all the other steps, now it is time for your bypass surgery. Expect to be hospitalized for an average of one to two nights post-surgery.
After surgery, your new life is just beginning. You will have a new diet to follow, along with follow-up appointments to monitor your recovery.
If you are considering weight loss surgery and are ready to start the process or have further questions, please feel free to contact 1st Choice Weight Loss at (281) 888-7767 to schedule a consultation appointment today!
Disclaimer: This above is only for general information. All individuals should consult their doctors prior to following any of the recommendations in any articles, blog posts, or videos. All people have individual needs and limitations that only their treating physicians can be aware of.