Step 1.Gain Knowledge
Participate in an online seminar. In our online seminars you will:
- Learn information about Morbid Obesity.
- Find out if you are a candidate for surgery.
- Compare procedures that we offer.
Step 2.Verify Your Benefits
We will contact your insurance company, with your approval, to verify if weight loss surgery is covered benefit with your plan
This step does not guarantee approval for surgery. If you have coverage, the criteria must be completed and submitted before approval can be obtained.
Step 3.Gain Knowledge
We will schedule you for a one-on-one appointment to discuss your health history, insurance criteria, expectations and procedure preferred.
Step 4.Pre-Operative Preparation
In this step we will evaluate and prepare you for an optimal outcome from your surgery.
Educate you individually on:
- Dietary Lifestyle changes
- Behavioral Lifestyle changes
- Establishing a Support System
- Increase Activity
- Medical Consults
Multi visit process that lasts several weeks to months, depending on your individual insurance criteria and individual health status. Most can be done within our office.
Consults with Cardiologist (Heart), Pulmonologist (Lung), and Nephrologist (Kidney) are most common. Sleep Apnea must be evaluated. You will need to be current on preventative health maintenance, ie Colonoscopy, Mammogram, etc.
Step 5.Insurance Pre-Determination
After all criteria are complete we submit all your information to your insurance company. The process of approval can take 1-6 weeks depending on the insurance company.
Step 6.Pre-Operative Orientation
Final Education and preadmission to the hospital for your surgery is done at our office including a pre-op diet class.
- Nursing Assessment
- Consent signing
- Review Labs, EKG, Chest X-Rays, etc.
- Final Questions answered by medical provider