Our bariatric surgery program offers a comprehensive clinical approach to surgical weight loss management. We offer a full complement of resources to help provide every patient with personalized attention and high-quality care.
Our program includes:
- An MBSAQIP Accredited hospital facility with the most technologically advanced equipment.
- Caring and specially trained nursing and support staff.
- Pre and post-operative nutritional and support staff.
- Pre-operative patient education classes to prepare patients for weight loss surgery.
- Individualized treatment plans to assure the best patient outcomes.
- Long-term follow-up care.
What to Expect
At Doctors Specialists – Bariatrics & Surgical, we will be with you every step of the way on your journey to weight loss. To get started, we recommend our patients attend one of our free educational seminars to learn more about their options before making the final decision to have weight loss surgery and commit to a long-term plan to lose weight. After completing the seminar, you will work with our Bariatric Patient Navigator to pre-qualify your insurance or desired payment method for the procedure. At this time, you will also be scheduled to have an initial consult with one of our surgeons, officially beginning your journey to improving your life and health.
Consult and Clearance
The journey to Weight Loss Surgery:
- Primary Care Provider Referral
- Initial Surgery Visit – Selection Criteria, Surgical Treatment Options, Risks, and Benefits
- Documentation of Medically Supervised Diet
- Nutrition Evaluation
- Psychological Evaluation
Once you have completed your required evaluations, all of your clearances, and your pre-op diet, you are ready for surgery!
What to expect during surgery:
- Standardized care protocols
- Dedicated and specially-trained staff
- Bariatric equipment and supplies
What to Expect After Surgery:
- The amount of weight loss and rate of weight loss is dependent on the type of surgery. Weight loss expected from the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy is faster than the gastric band expectation of about 1 to 2 pounds per week.
- Assessment of inadequate eight loss may require radiological studies as well as an evaluation of plan compliance.
- Follow-up laboratory tests should be regularly performed, including a complete blood count and measurement of iron and B12 levels.
- Pregnancy is not recommended for at least 12 months.
- Support group attendance is strongly encouraged.
- Medication dosages for obesity-related conditions should be closely monitored.
- Oral contraceptives may not be fully absorbed after bariatric and metabolic surgery, potentially decreasing their effect.
- Patients may need lifelong vitamin and mineral supplements.
- ASA and NSAID products (e.g., ibuprofen, naproxen sodium) should be avoided due to increased risk of ulcers and strictures.