CONGRATULATIONS! You are about to take your first step on your weight loss journey!
1. Call now for your appointment: 312.996.5100
We will accommodate your appointment with your surgeon within 2 weeks of your call or the earliest time available after that. This allows sufficient time for our Insurance Coordinator to verify that bariatric surgery is covered under your plan.
2. Attend Information Session
The Bariatric Surgery Information Session is an IMPORTANT first step prior to the appointment with your surgeon (no payment required)
3. Meet your surgeon
Your appointment with the surgeon is confirmed once our Insurance Coordinator has determined and obtained approval from your provider for bariatric coverage. On the day of your appointment, you will have a consultation with your surgeon to discuss your surgical options. Surgery clinic is located in the Outpatient Care Center, 1801 W Taylor St, Clinic 3F.
4. Monthly Nutritional Consultations
All insurance companies ask for consecutive monthly consultations with a dietitian (from 3 to 6 months, some may even ask for 9 or 12 months).
5. Medical clearances
Visits to other doctors such as the heart doctor (cardiologist), a lung doctor (pulmonologist), endocrinologist or other specialist that you may need to see are required for the completion of your medical clearance process prior to surgery.
6. Psychological evaluation
Bariatric surgery requires major changes to your life style and it is important that you understand all aspects of this process. All patients must have a psychological evaluation and be cleared for surgery prior to their scheduled procedure.
7. Obtain clearance from your insurance provider
Once we have received all your medical clearances our office will contact your insurance provider and obtain clearance for your surgical procedure. (This may take several weeks depending on your provider)
8. Pre-operation and anesthesia appointment
3-4 weeks prior to your scheduled surgery, you will meet the surgeon and receive your final instructions for diet and surgery preparation as well as complete any outstanding necessary tests. You will also have your anesthesia appointment for surgical clearance.
9. The day of surgery
The day before your surgery please call 312.413.7874 from 2-5 pm to find out what time to arrive the day of surgery. Please note: if your surgery is on Monday, please call the Friday before.
Please remember not to eat or drink after midnight before your surgery!
10. Support after bariatric surgery
Once you have had your surgery, you might find comfort talking to others. Our team has a support groups available for you. Click here for more information and schedule.
11. Post-surgical body contouring
Our program is equipped to provide you support through your journey, including expert post surgical care for reconstructive body contouring after dramatic weight loss. Click here for more information.
We are excited to be part of your journey. Our team is here to guide you every step of the way to ensure you reach YOUR GOAL!