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7 Steps to Navigate the Bariatric Surgery Process

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Bariatric surgery is a major life change and a big step toward a healthier future. Before you undergo your operation, insurance companies and bariatric practices require and/or encourage certain steps to take as protocol to ensure you’re physically and mentally prepared for it.

So you know what to expect as you navigate the bariatric surgery process, there are seven steps to take, some required by insurance and some driven by the bariatric practice itself, to make your best possible health outcomes likely. We’re here to walk you through them so you can be as prepared as possible for the weight loss surgery process.

1. Consultation With a Bariatric Surgeon

The first step to prepare for bariatric surgery is to schedule a consultation with a qualified bariatric surgeon. During your consultation, the surgeon will evaluate your medical history, current health status and weight loss goals to determine if you’re a good candidate for bariatric surgery.

2. Psychological Evaluation

Bariatric surgery is a major life change, so it's important to be mentally prepared for the process. For your well-being and as part of the protocol insurance requirements, a psychological evaluation will assess your mental health and readiness for surgery.

3. Nutritional Counseling

To prepare for bariatric surgery, it's important to adopt a healthy lifestyle, including your eating plan. A registered dietitian can help you develop a meal plan that will provide the nutrients your body needs while promoting and aiding weight loss. This is also a requirement set forth by insurance companies.

4. Pre-Operative Testing

Before undergoing bariatric surgery, your insurance company requires that you’ll need to undergo several tests to assess your overall health. These may include blood tests, X-rays and other diagnostic tests.

5. Physical Activity

Regular physical activity can help you prepare for bariatric surgery by increasing your endurance and improving your overall health. Your bariatric surgeon may recommend a specific exercise plan based on your individual needs.

6. No Smoking

If you’re a smoker, it's important to stop smoking before bariatric surgery. Smoking can increase the risk of complications during and after surgery. Let us know if you need help with the process.

7. Follow Pre-Operative Instructions

Your bariatric surgeon will provide you with specific instructions to follow in the days leading up to your surgery. These may include dietary restrictions, fasting and other guidelines to prepare your body, mind and spirit for the procedure. Specific requirements vary depending on your surgeon and your insurance plan.

Your Weight Loss Journey Begins With the First Step

By following these seven steps, you can help ensure a successful bariatric surgery and a lifetime of wellness to follow. But you have to take the first step. Learn how we can support you on your weight loss journey and request a consultation today.

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