What should I do before weight loss surgery?

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Azra Kukic
Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine) Specialist

Patients facing weight loss surgery need to have certain qualifications. Azra Kukic from StoneSprings Hospital Center explains these requirements in this video.

Each weight loss surgery program has a different set of criteria.  Most people are required to see a dietician and a psychologist prior to surgery. You may also need:

  • an exercise specialist
  • a doctor-supervised weight-loss program
  • consultations with a heart doctor, lung doctor or other specialist before surgery
  • a sleep study or endoscopy of the stomach
  • a special diet prior to the surgery, such as a liquid protein diet

Getting as much information as possible about weight loss surgery is the most important first step, says Francis Teng, MD, a bariatric surgeon at MountainView Hospital. In this video, he lists questions you should ask about the procedure.

Dr. Sigi P. Joseph, MD
Bariatric Medicine (Obesity Medicine) Specialist

Some things you should do before weight loss surgery are:

  • Check with your health insurance company to see if weight loss surgery is a covered benefit.
  • Attend a bariatric surgery class.
  • Schedule an appointment with a surgeon.

Some insurance plans require you  to follow monthly physician supervised diets. At your first visit, the surgeon will schedule you with a dietician, psychologist, and physical therapist, and take blood tests, If needed, necessary sleep studies or other evaluations will be ordered. You will take protein shakes for—two to four weeks before surgery.

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