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Consultation and Surgery Preparation
The path to surgery and post-surgery requires patient commitment, a resolute approach in facing challenges and education about the risks. Ultimately, we believe that the benefits will be worth your time and effort.
Some details may vary from patient to patient but the staff at the Brooklyn Bariatric Group is committed to providing patients with the guidance, information and resources needed in making an educated decision.
Do your research. Learn about weight loss surgery and your choices by reading books and articles on the subject and attending any support seminars in your area. Be informed about the risks and lifestyle changes required. Call us at 718-783-0934 if you require immediate answers.
Review your insurance policy. Most insurance policies offer some form of coverage for weight loss surgery. Be sure to check the provisions on your policy as coverage may in some instances be partial or not included in the plan.
Your history. Provide your surgeon with a detailed review of your medical history.
Ask questions. Be prepared with key questions for your potential surgeon. And do not forget to ask if he or she has a history of getting approvals with your insurance company.
Make requests. Request a list of preoperative and postoperative instructions, which can include:
• discontinuation of certain medications
• showering recommendations
• a list of medications that must be taken before the procedure
• when to stop eating and drinking before the procedure
• a list of supplies that you will need after the procedure
• which medications should be crushed after surgery and which can be taken whole
Find out about post-operative support offered by your surgeon.
Preparing for Surgery
1. Carefully follow the instructions of your surgeon, psychologist, dietician and other team members regarding lifestyle changes and medication.
2. If you smoke quit smoking. Refrain from alcohol.
3. Begin tracking your eating and drinking habits as this may reveal information pertaining to ways you can improve your diet.
4. Begin an exercise routine and focus on your mental and emotional well-being.
5. Recruit a close friend or relative who can drive you home after surgery.