What’s the process that my patients should expect to go through?
If a patient has contacted you about weight loss surgery, or you think a patient may be an appropriate candidate, you should be prepared to educate hime or her about the bariatric process. Explain the process thoroughly so that your patient will be fully prepared to make emotional, mental and physical lifestyle adjustments.
The process consists of:
Consultation with a Bariatric Surgeon
Existing medical conditions and prior surgeries will be evaluated because some may complicate surgery. Types of surgeries will be discussed including their advantages and disadvantages, recovery times, dietary guidelines, expected weight loss, and postoperative care. During the consultation, patients will also need to be prepared to discuss surgery fees and insurance plans.
Every insurance carrier and individual plan varies. Patients need to contact their insurance company and learn their specific plan’s surgery requirements.
Collecting Medical Records
After the type of surgery that is best for the patient has been determined, the patient will need to gather all of the appropriate medical documentation. The records should include the following evaluations:
Once you have this documentation, the bariatric office will require a formal referral from you.