Am I a candidate?
Our criteria for determining if you are a good candidate includes:
Step One: Community Educational Seminar
- Body mass index (BMI) over 40.
- BMI over 35 with severe negative health effects such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea or high cholesterol.
- Understands surgery and risks.
- Understands surgical options and effects of treatment.
- No endocrine or metabolic disease causing obesity.
- No drug or alcohol problems.
- No uncontrolled psychological problems.
- Attend a free educational seminar to learn more about the types of bariatric surgery and to meet the surgeon and bariatric surgery team
- Download the medical history and insurance information form.
- Complete the form and bring it with you to the seminar.
- A bariatric community meeting and seminar schedule is available here.
Your first appointment
- Schedule your first visit. You will be contacted by the bariatric surgery team within 5 days of attending your seminar about making this appointment.
- Meet with the surgeon, registered dietitian and surgery scheduler; the visit will last about 2 to 3 hours.
- Receive a tentative surgery date.
- Schedule testing and pre-op requirements. Make sure to bring your calendar!
- PLEASE NOTE: Most insurance companies require that you complete 6 months of a medically pervised weight loss program. The Bariatric Surgery Center can provide this program for you. Once the program is completed and all of your testing is done, you will proceed to surgery.
- Occurs 2 to 4 weeks before surgery.
- Review pre-operative diet routine.
- What to expect immediately before, during and after surgery.
- Information on the hospital stay.
- Instructions for recovery at home.
- Schedule the final pre-operative visit with the surgeon and a number of postoperative visits.
Pre-Operative Appointment with the Surgeon
- Occurs 2 weeks before surgery.
- Complete consents for surgery; answer questions or concerns.
- Visits occur routinely for up to 5 years after surgery.
- Frequent visits for the first year after surgery.
- Routine but less frequent visits after 1 year.
- Monthly support groups.
- Nurses, dietitian and exercise physiologist available to help as needed.
The Excela Health Bariatric Surgery Center is now an "American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence®"