Prepare for Weight Loss Surgery

Prepare for Surgery

Register for the required pre-operative class

Long-term weight loss success begins well before you have the surgery. In a required one-time class, our nurse specialist and dietitian will let you know what to expect during your hospital stay, how to prepare for surgery, and what will happen afterwards.

You'll also learn about success habits that will help you optimize your weight loss and avoid post-surgical problems. You'll get to ask questions, meet other surgery candidates, and find out everything you need to know to prepare for your new life. You’re welcome to bring a family member or support person.

Get the necessary health clearances

1. Psychological evaluation

The psychological evaluation we require will help ensure that no mental health issues will interfere with your success after surgery. The psychotherapist you see will provide a confidential written report that will be reviewed only by members of the bariatric medical team. You can go to the psychotherapist of your choice, or we can refer you to someone on the weight loss surgery team.

2. Consultation with surgeon

You'll sit down face-to-face with the doctor who will perform your surgery. The surgeon will review your medical history and determine the best surgery for you. We encourage you to bring a support person with you. Please also bring your health plan card and cash, check, or credit card for the office visit copayment if required by your health plan.

During the appointment, you'll get information about scheduling an endoscopy (a test that examines the inside of your stomach), as well as any other tests you may require.

3. Information from your primary doctor

Before surgery, you'll also need to get a report from your primary doctor summarizing your health status and current medications. If you haven’t seen your doctor in a while or you have a new doctor, you may be required to complete a physical with lab work. We recommend scheduling this appointment as soon as you enter our program.

If you’ve received care from a specialist in the past year, such as a cardiologist, sleep apnea specialist, or diabetes doctor, you'll also need to provide a copy of that doctor's report, along with any test results.

Once your surgeon accepts you as a candidate for weight loss surgery, we’ll request pre-authorization from your health plan. Please allow at least three weeks for this process. When it’s complete, we’ll contact you to schedule your surgery.

Meet with your support group

We ask that you attend at least one weight loss surgery support group meeting before your surgery. This will give you a valuable opportunity to hear the experiences of people who already have had surgery. When you begin our program, we'll give you information about where and when the group meets. No registration or fee is required. If you don't live nearby, you may attend a weight loss surgery support group meeting closer to your home.

Surgery and Follow Up

Once you've completed the above steps, we'll schedule your procedure.  You'll receive details about the surgery and how long you're likely to be in the hospital during your pre-surgery appointments.

After you go home, we will continue to work with you to help you achieve your weight loss goals.