We ensure the safety of our patients and positive outcomes by adhering to strict processes before and after surgery.
To us, patient safety is paramount. The first step in the bariatric surgery process is a meeting with a surgeon and the rest of the team. During this appointment, patients are evaluated to determine whether they meet the specific criteria required for bariatric surgery.
Patients who are possible candidates for bariatric surgery then undergo a series of medical screenings and attend a pre–operative nutrition class where they receive extensive diet education.
At this time, a letter is sent to the patient's insurance company to obtain approval for the operation. The approval process can take from a few weeks to months, depending on the insurance company.
At a recent web chat with 6ABC, Dr. Noel Williams, nurse practitioner Jacqui Zipay, and program manager Colleen Tewksbury discussed the qualifications for weight-loss surgery.
Our program is committed to delivering comprehensive care and providing each of our bariatric surgery patients with the tools for long-term success.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how bariatric surgery can help patients learn more about weight loss surgery options.
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