Making an important decision to change your life can be difficult. Our program is designed to support you every step of the bariatric surgery process. Best of all, our program does not charge a program fee.
We encourage you to learn as much as possible about your weight loss surgery process. The more informed you are, the better your outcome will be.
2. Information sessions for bariatric surgery
Our bariatric surgery patients are required to participate in a free information session before scheduling their initial consultation. These sessions are designed to introduce you to our program. You can participate online.
Online sessions 3. Initial consultation
You may participate in the online session at any time. The online session lasts 35 minutes and you will be required to complete your health history.
Click here to start your online session.
During the initial consultation, you will visit with Dr. Mitchell / Dr. Thomas to go over your medical history, surgery options and answer any questions. Based on your medical history, the surgeon will determine the tests and clearances needed to proceed with surgery. During the initial consultation, you will also meet with our Program Specialist who will help prepare you for surgery by scheduling all of your pre-operative tests and clearances.
4. Pre-admission testing and teaching
Pre-operative tests and clearances may include a sleep study, EKG, chest x-ray, lab work and consultation with an anesthesiologist. Each patient must also have an evaluation by our clinical therapist and an EGD (to examine the esophagus, stomach and part of the small intestine) two weeks prior to surgery. In addition, each candidate is required to complete patient education by attending a class or completing an online test.
All surgeries are performed at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital. Bariatric surgery patients will stay on 5 SPCU, a dedicated bariatric surgery unit with specially trained nurses. The nurses will assist with your post-operative nutrition and exercise recommendations. The length of time you spend in the hospital will depend on which procedure you have: gastric bypass, adjustable gastric banding or sleeve gastrectomy, but is usually one to two days. The intragastric balloon is an out-patient procedure.