Preparation for Bariatic Surgery
Patients seriously considering bariatric surgery are required to attend our special orientation class. The three-hour class provides a complete overview of weight loss surgery and the impact it can have on patients’ lives. The instructor discusses risks of surgery, including how it will affect people with obesity-related medical conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and sleep apnea.
Benefits of the surgery are also discussed, including the degree of weight loss that can be expected. However, the main focus of the class is a discussion of patient preparedness and compliance, including dietary habits and lifestyle changes the patient must adopt before and after surgery.
Additionally, a Medical College of Wisconsin bariatric surgeon talks about suitable candidates for weight loss surgery and details about the procedures.
Surgical Consult and Pre-Operation Lifestyle Change
Unlike candidates for other surgeries, bariatric patients begin preparing for surgery three to six months before the operation. Patients are supported through a pre-operation weight loss program and assisted in altering their diets before surgery.
There are several reasons why patients must pursue medically supervised weight loss before having surgery.
- Insurance companies require it. The length of time for medically supervised weight loss varies and is dependent on insurance plans.
- In some circumstances, it may be determined weight loss before surgery is necessary to ensure safely performing surgery laparoscopically.
- Structured weight loss programs can help a patient overcome lifestyle habits that could prevent the patient from being successful after surgery.
Patients may also receive extensive behavioral modification counseling to help them adopt healthier eating habits and modify other lifestyle behaviors, such as quitting smoking and beginning an exercise program.
Before patients undergo bariatric surgery at Froedtert & the Medical College, the surgeon describes the surgery, discusses the patient’s physical condition and determines what pre-operative work will be required based on the patient’s individual needs. They meet with a specially trained dietitian who thoroughly explains eating habits and nutritional needs required before and after surgery.
Additionally, separate meetings are scheduled with a psychologist and a surgeon for patients to ask questions and exchange information. The psychologist evaluates the patient’s understanding of the procedure and their feelings about the changes to come. Patients obtain valuable information about behavioral adjustments during this meeting.
During these initial meetings, history, symptoms and related health problems are examined to determine if patients have pre-existing health concerns that need to be controlled before undergoing surgery. If necessary, they may be referred to a medical specialist for assessment and care, enter physical therapy, have medications adjusted, or undergo a sleep study to determine if they are at risk for sleep apnea.
Our trained staff will work with you and your medical insurance provider to determine if weight loss surgery is an available benefit. We will help you complete required paperwork and submit any needed documentation or records your insurance provider requests to authorize the surgery.
When we have received all of the necessary test results and written materials required by your insurance company, the paperwork is sent. Our office calls you when your papers are sent to your insurance company.
Package Pricing to Help You Succeed
Because we know your needs are as individual as you are, we offer package pricing options to help you make the most of your successful weight loss. Ask your bariatric surgery team for information on a package price that will work best for you.
In the final stage before surgery is performed, a nurse practitioner makes certain patients understand the steps they are about to take. Medical histories are updated, questions are answered, and patients receive a complete outline of what to expect during their hospital stay and first days at home. Additionally, patients undergo a high-risk medical consultation with an anesthesiologist.