My Weight Is Over:
Getting Started With Your Weight-Loss Surgery.
1. Attend the Bariatric Surgery Informational Seminar.
It is required for all patients to attend our free Bariatric Surgery Information Seminar prior to being seen in the surgeon's office. Here, you will meet one or two of our weight loss surgeons and one or two team members such as the bariatric coordinator, physicians assistant, office assistant or the nutritionist who will be able to explain the program and process. Post-operative patients also regularly attend the seminar, so you will be able to get many questions answered by someone who has “been there and done that.”
At this seminar, you will obtain an extensive Bariatric Questionnaire regarding your past medical and diet history, and an Insurance Questionnaire. You will also have the opportunity to have your weight and BMI (Body Mass Index) calculated to see if you qualify for weight-loss surgery. If there are special circumstances that prevent you from attending a seminar, please contact the Care Line. (877-255-7847)
Choose a date from the New Patient Bariatric Seminar Schedule or call the Care Line (877-255-7847) to reserve a seat at the seminar you choose.
Important Information Regarding Insurance : When preparing for bariatric surgery, it is important to understand the requirements and benefits of your individual insurance plan. Please check your plan specifically for Bariatric Benefits. Do not ask if they cover a certain procedure, just whether they cover weight loss surgery. It is your responsibility to call the number on the back of your insurance card or speak to human resources.
This will be covered in more detail at the seminars.
Please be advised that approval from any insurance company is contingent upon the following and is subject to change: All insurance companies require a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or higher. A BMI of 35+ may be allowed depending on the number and severity of the patient's related co-morbidities.
2. Schedule an Appointment with the Bariatric Surgeon.
It is MANDATORY that you bring both completed Questionnaires you obtained at the seminar to your first consultation. This is necessary for a thorough evaluation and to obtain approval from your insurance company for surgery.
Make sure to bring your Insurance Identification card(s) and Driver's License to the initial consultation.
During your initial consultation the surgeon will review the Bariatric Questionnaire and discuss weight loss options. You can also obtain information by visiting the American Society for Bariatric Surgery web site at www.asbs.org.
Based on the surgical procedure you have chosen, as well as your BMI (Body Mass Index) and past/current medical conditions, additional consultations will be arranged with one or more of the following:
- Primary Care Physician (required)
- Mental Health Counselor or Psychiatrist (required)
- Nutritionist (required)
(If you are already under treatment by a cardiologist, endocrinologist, mental health counselor, etc., an additional consultation may be necessary.)
In addition to the above consultations, the bariatric surgeon may order one or more of the following blood tests and/or radiological examinations, all of which can be done at St. Vincent's Medical Center:
- Sleep Study
- Pulmonary Function Test
- Upper Endoscopy
- H. Pylori (blood test)
- Upper GI
- Ultrasound of the gallbladder
- Thyroid screen (blood test)
- Any additional tests needed or recommended by the other medical specialists
3. Get Ready to Play a Critical Role in the Long-Term Success of Surgery.
To be successful in your weight-loss surgery journey, you will need to:
- Commit to improving your health.
- Discuss your health history with your surgeon.
- Discuss any questions or concerns you have.
- Learn all you can about each procedure before making a decision.
- Follow all instructions on preparing for weight reduction surgery.
- Commit to following the nutrition, activity, and other care instructions given to you by your surgeon before and after surgery.
- Attend a pre-operative support group, and commit to attending the post-operative support services available.
Both the bariatric surgery team and you must commit to honesty, responsibility and cooperation.
View our Weight Loss Success Stories and learn more about how St. Vincent's Medical Center can help you achieve your health and wellness goals.
Call us to learn more: 877-255-7847