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Overview of The Gastric Sleeve Surgery Process

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  • Attend our free online weight loss surgery class and complete our new patient paperwork
  • Connect with one of our experienced insurance specialists to check your benefits and coverage for bariatric surgery
  • Meet with our bariatric surgeon and registered dietitian during an initial consultation
  • Participate in supervised diet visits (# of diet visits will depend on individual program and insurance requirements)
    • Labs to be completed during diet visits
    • Nicotine testing for current nicotine users
  • Complete a psychosocial evaluation with one of our behavioral health providers
  • Obtain cardiac clearance by a cardiologist (if requested by our surgeon)
  • Get program approval from our bariatric team. Your chart will be reviewed to make sure it is safe for you to have bariatric surgery.
  • Obtain approval from insurance company (can take up to 14 business days) or private pay 
  • Attend last appointment with bariatric surgeon prior to surgery
  • Complete pre-op physical (H&P) with your primary care provider for medical clearance for surgery
  • Gastric Sleeve surgery day!
  • Participate in follow-up visits
    • Visits occur at 1 week, 6 weeks, 3 months, 6 months, 9 months, 1 year, and then annually for life
    • Labs will be drawn 3 months after surgery and then annually
    • Post-op check-in with one of our behavioral health providers 3-4 months after surgery
  • Attend support group with other patients who have had bariatric surgery

From our initial weight loss class to post-surgery, our team is here for you for every step of your weight loss journey!

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