Here’s a brief overview of steps to be aware of if you are considering bariatric surgery.
Once you and your doctor have agreed that bariatric surgery is a good choice for you, you will need to do the following:
- Attend a patient education class
- Attend one to three support groups for Gastric Bypass and Bariatric Surgery. This is mandatory and must be done before you have surgery. View support group meeting times and location.
- Schedule an initial consultation – please bring the following to your consultation:
- Your insurance card
- Completed registration/questionnaire package
- Letter of referral for bariatric surgery from your primary care doctor or another specialty physician
- Insurance referral if your insurance company requires one
- Please ensure that your health insurance coverage includes weight loss/bariatric surgical benefits
- Note: If any of these are incomplete it will be necessary to reschedule the appointment. At the end of the consultation, you will be scheduled for the following appointments:
- Comprehensive blood testing
- An appointment with a psychiatrist
- A follow up appointment with the dietitian who will assist you in achieving the mandatory preoperative weight loss
- Pulmonary evaluation
- Cardiology evaluation, as needed
- Gastroenterology evaluation, as needed
- Other specialty evaluations, as needed
Scheduling Your Weight Loss Surgery Appointment
Most patients end up having surgery three to six months after their initial inquiry (depending on your specific health problems and your ability to meet preoperative goals.) You must meet all criteria prior to receiving a surgery date.
You’ll need to obtain medical clearance from your primary care physician. Once you are given a date for your surgical procedure, please schedule this visit to occur within three weeks of the surgery. At this appointment you will be required to have an EKG as well as repeat blood work.
If you think you may be a candidate for weight loss surgery, talk to your primary care physician about Danbury Hospital, call 1-800-516-3657 for more information, or attend a free event and learn more about losing weight through bariatric surgery and if it’s right for you.