Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery 

Choosing to have weight loss surgery is an important and very personal decision. At Providence, our goal is to provide knowledge and support as you consider your options. Our providers will guide you through the process and be by your side at every step. In fact, you’re already working on the first step – becoming informed.

Here’s how the rest of the process works:

  • Attend a free informational seminar. Our staff will cover the basics of weight loss surgery and help you understand your options. You’ll have the opportunity to talk to bariatric surgeons and other patients who’ve lost weight after surgery. Register here.
  • Verify insurance eligibility. While many insurance plans cover weight loss surgery, it’s important to understand your benefits – and how to receive them. When you schedule your appointment, be sure to verify your insurance eligibility with the office staff.

Moving forward with surgery

If you decide weight loss surgery is the right option for you, your surgeon will schedule a series of pre-operative appointments, which could include the following:

  • Consultation with nursing staff. Focused primarily on education, your nurse – many of whom have had weight loss surgery themselves – will help you understand the changes you’ll have to make after surgery.
  • Psychological evaluation. You’ll meet with a therapist who’ll help you mentally prepare for your new life. The therapist might suggest you keep a journal of your feelings and challenges, as well as the activities you look forward to after surgery. You might find it helpful to log your reasons for choosing surgery and outline a plan to maintain progress.
  • Medical review with your surgeon. You’ll meet with your surgeon to review your medical history and gain a better understanding of the surgical process. It’s possible the doctor will order additional tests, such as blood work, a chest X-ray, an electrocardiogram (EKG), a sleep study or an echocardiogram (ECG). The doctor might also ask you to lose 10-30 pounds to reduce the size of your liver before surgery. This makes surgery easier, faster and reduces the risk of complications. The surgeon’s staff will help you with this weight loss.
  • Support groups. When you’re trying to lose weight, a solid support system is vital. Support groups allow you to ask questions, share your struggles and get help and encouragement from others traveling the same path. For more information, contact your surgeon’s office.