Preparing for Weight Loss Surgery

Within one year from the time of your attendance at the seminar/consult, health insurance pre-certification will need to be verified through the surgeon’s office.

For some, a medically supervised weight loss program spanning 3-6 months may be a requirement prior to surgery. If so, the Ascension St. Vincent Bariatric Center is full service, and our Bariatrician, a primary care physician specializing in bariatric medicine, is available to work with you to coordinate each step of the supervised weight loss documentation process.

TIP: If you prefer for your family physician to provide the consultation and do the monthly supervised weight loss appointments, please coordinate the documentation with our bariatric care team so that all of the information is recorded as needed on a monthly basis. This coordination makes getting surgical approval from your health insurance provider a more seamless process.

Prior to a scheduled surgery, a session with our clinical psychologist must be completed. This session aims to identify potential barriers to success and to better understand why you eat the way you do. The dietitians provide all types of nutritional guidance (1-1 consultation, recipes, cooking classes) so you can start to adapt your new diet into your lifestyle. They will also review the nutritional guidelines that support sustainable weight loss.

Every patient will do a comprehensive pre-op education session with the nurse practitioner and staff so that all of your questions are addressed prior to surgery.

If at any time you have a question, do not hesitate to call the Ascension St. Vincent Bariatric Center at 317-582-7088. Our physicians and staff are committed to taking all the time you need to answer all of your questions and help coordinate the various pre-op checkpoints. This is a journey and we’re with you every step of the way.