Bariatric Surgery Checklist
So you've decided you're interested in pursuing bariatric surgery? Congratulations-- you've just taken a major step toward the healthy life you've been wanting to live! We've made this list of the ten steps that will get you to surgery day. Follow these, and you'll be well prepared for this life-changing event.
Step 1: Attend an Information Seminar
Given by one of our surgeons, the information seminar gives you the opportunity to learn about weight loss surgery, hear from a weight loss patient and have any questions you may have about the surgery answered.
Step 2: Review the Information Packet
Ask yourself if you are ready to make the lifestyle change commitment that is required to be successful with weight loss surgery. It is also important for you to understand the financial commitment involved with weight loss surgery.
Step 3: Insurance Benefits Verification
Our patient coordinator will call you to verify your insurance benefits over the phone. We will discuss your insurance company’s requirements for the authorization of weight loss surgery. If weight loss surgery is not a covered benefit of your policy, we will provide you with information about our self-pay plan.
Step 4: Medical Nutritional Therapy (MNT) Order Sheet
In your information packet, you will find an MNT order sheet that must be filled out by your primary care physician. This must be completed in order for you to move onto the next step of our program, which is meeting with our dietitian. Your primary care physician can fax the form directly to us at 419-480-6607.
Step 5: Complete Appointments with the Dietitian, Psychologist, and Surgeon
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Step 6: Approval
Once the above mentioned appointments (plus any other prerequisites required by your insurance) are completed, our office will submit the required paperwork to your insurance company for approval of your weight loss surgery. Throughout the surgery preparation process, your progress will be tracked by our patient coordinator. We will notify you when you have been approved for surgery!
Step 7: Required Pre-Operation Class
Attend a pre-operation class with our registered nurse to prepare you for your day of surgery. This appointment will last for approximately two hours.
Step 8: Attend a Support Group Meeting
You are strongly encouraged to attend at least one support group meeting prior to having your surgery. Research shows that patients who attend weight loss surgery support group meetings lose 20 to 30 percent more weight.
Step 9: Preparing for Surgery
You will need to complete your pre-surgical testing, which is usually done two to three weeks before surgery. This includes pre-admission testing at the hospital and an appointment with our physical therapy (PT) department to review the exercises listed in your binder. All other medical clearances must be obtained before surgery.
Step 10: Day of Surgery
Download and Print the Surgery Checklist
Want to keep up with these steps even when you're away from your electronic devices? We've made an easy-to-read .pdf of this checklist so that you may print out a copy for reference.