Assessment

Your bariatric journey begins with an assessment to determine your individual needs and the right surgery for you.

What Happens During an Assessment

During your bariatric surgery assessment, there are certain requirements you must meet to be a candidate for surgery.

To determine if you qualify for surgery, your doctor will look at factors such as your overall health, age, BMI, family history and any chronic conditions. Your doctor will likely ask questions around your lifestyle and habits. Not only will your bariatric surgeon qualify you for surgery, but these questions will help to ensure your physical and emotional wellbeing throughout your weight loss journey.

Learn more about the qualifications for weight loss surgery.

During your assessment, your doctor will discuss your bariatric surgery procedure options and together you will determine the most effective and safest procedure for your individual goals.

Leading Up to Surgery

When you make an appointment with one of our bariatric surgeons, you are also making an appointment with a team of experts who are dedicated to your weight loss success.

As you enter our bariatric program, you’ll meet with members of the bariatric team including:

  • Bariatric surgeon, who will help you decide what kind of weight loss surgery would be best for you.
  • A psychologist, who will help you understand and deal with a changing self-image and emotional changes that frequently follow this type of surgery. We will assist in coordinating a psychological evaluation for your readiness for bariatric surgery.
  • A registered dietitian, who will help you learn what, when and how to eat.
  • An exercise specialist, who will work with you to gradually develop an exercise plan that you can live with.
  • A registered nurse, who will be able to provide clinical support to you and assist in answering your questions and concerns.

Our experts are here to support you during your weight loss journey and for years to come.

Following the assessment, your bariatric team will partner with you to create a plan for success leading up to surgery. This may include dietary, lifestyle and nutrition changes. We’ll also involve your loved ones as a support system to help you meet your goals every step of the way.

Leading up to your bariatric surgery, you will have a behavioral health evaluation as well as a period of medically supervised weight loss. Most insurance companies need documentation of weight loss attempts for the bariatric surgery to be covered. This can take anywhere from 3-6 months depending on your insurance. Our expert bariatric team will provide the resources you need so you feel prepared to not just meet but exceed these requirements.

We will also work with your insurance company to make sure everything is submitted ahead of your procedure.

Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program

Our Non-Surgical Weight Loss Program is designed for patients whose BMI is unhealthy but does not qualify them for bariatric surgery (BMI of 26-34). Our team meets with each patient and provides a physical examination, a body composition analysis and any appropriate metabolic/nutritional or diagnostic testing.

This program focuses on lifestyle changes for long-term success. We work with you to affect behavioral changes that can positively impact your health for a lifetime. You will have access to all of the services that our clinic provides including support groups.

We also offer intragastric balloons, a non-surgical endoscopic approach to weight loss.

For more information on weight loss surgery or to get started in our bariatric program, talk to your doctor today to determine the best option to meet your health goals.