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Pathway to Surgery

Weight loss surgery is like other major surgeries. The best preparation is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to closely follow your doctor's instructions.

To mentally prepare yourself:

  • Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterward.
  • Talk to people who have had weight loss surgery.
  • Write a letter to yourself and your surgeon explaining your reasons for having weight loss surgery and outlining your plans to maintain your weight loss after surgery.
  • Start a journal about your experience. Record how you feel now, the obstacles you encounter, the things you hope to be able to do after weight loss surgery.
  • Get a letter of support from your family. It helps to know you have people behind you, waiting to help.

To physically prepare yourself for bariatric surgery, strictly follow your doctor's guidelines. These usually include, but are not limited to:

  • Stop smoking.
  • Be certain to follow your surgeon's instructions regarding any medications you may be taking to control other health conditions.
  • Arrive on time, with supplies from home for a one- to two-day hospital stay. If you use special equipment for sleep apnea, you should bring your machine to the hospital.

To increase the likelihood of a successful surgical outcome, patients are introduced to the Weight Management Program prior to surgery and continue the program following surgery. This program consists of a comprehensive lifestyle evaluation, extended appointment times and weekly health coach calls for guidance and support. When the Weight Management Program is used in combination with bariatric surgery, you can both reach and maintain a healthy weight.