There are a number of steps to be taken before your surgery and our team will help you with each one. Once you are evaluated by one of our surgeons, your requirements for surgery are reviewed and arrangements made to complete medically supervised weight loss in our office or in the primary care office depending on insurance requirements and the team's evaluation. Each patient is evaluated by our dietitian and by our psychologist, as is also required by insurance. Depending on your health history, you may require clearance from your primary care provider, a sleep study, cardiac clearance or pulmonary clearance, or better control of diabetes. You may also require an evaluation of your upper digestive system with a scope, called an upper endoscopy, or EGD prior to surgery. If your annual preventive health screenings, such as mammograms or colonoscopies are not up to date, you may be asked to complete those as well. Our physicians will evaluate you and review all of this with you. We can even schedule your colonoscopy for you to be done at the same time as your EGD, if needed!
We want you to be in optimal health when undergoing surgery. Some patients will need aggressive care by their primary care providers. Others may meet with the pharmacist to discuss medications before and after surgery. Two weeks prior to surgery we will ask you to avoid the use of some medications, such as over-the-counter herbal medications, NSAIDs, and aspirin. Any anticoagulants must be stopped prior to surgery. You will begin deep breathing exercises that will help increase your lung strength in preparation for general anesthesia and you will begin a pre-operative diet to start your path to living well. You will attend your pre-operative visit with your surgeon to review your history and risks and benefits of surgery. You also attend an education class to help you get ready for your surgery day and your new lifestyle.
If you have any questions or concerns during your pre-operative journey, please contact us. Our team is here for you.
For more information, or to get started, register for a St. Rita’s Weight Management seminar.