Individual Surgical Consultation
You’ll meet individually with one of our medical providers. If you haven’t already determined who will be your surgeon, we will assign one for you.
Your surgeon will review your health history and conduct a medical evaluation to determine your individual risk for surgery. Your surgeon will also determine what you need to do in advance of surgery to optimize your health and lower your risk. They will order a series of tests, after which they will discuss the weight loss surgery options that would best help you meet your expected weight loss goal.
Each person has their own reason for choosing weight loss surgery and their own unique goals. We want you to keep an open mind. There are many factors to take into consideration when choosing which procedure is right for you. Our bariatric surgeons will review the pros and cons, as well as the benefits and risks of each procedure. After your testing and your individual surgical consultation, you’ll have a better understanding of which procedure will help you best achieve your goals.
Long-term success after surgery requires a commitment to adopting proper eating habits, taking vitamins, and monitoring vitamin levels for the rest of your life. You'll be asked to complete a nutrition survey and food diary in MyChart before this session so we can tailor our discussion to the participants in the class. We will give you an overview of nutritional expectations for the whole process, including before and after surgery, so you know what to expect.
Undergoing weight loss surgery requires many changes in the way you think about yourself, interact with others, and handle life’s many challenges. You will be asked to complete questionnaires about your mood, relationships, and health behaviors. These will be reviewed with you in a two-hour individual consultation with one of our behavioral psychologists. They will discuss your lifestyle habits; your mood and psychological functioning; your motivation, relationships, and support for weight loss surgery; and your goals.
We understand that the cost of bariatric surgery and the lifestyle changes it warrants can be considerable. We want to make sure you understand the process, what your insurance requires, and what expenses you may expect. For example, depending on the surgery you have, there will be expenses related to a lifelong need for vitamin supplements, protein shakes, and healthy food choices.
Before your first appointment, we will use our patient portal, Duke MyChart, to send you an estimate of the costs you will incur before, during, and after bariatric surgery. At the meeting, our financial coordinators will review the information with you to help you understand the insurance process so you can budget appropriately for surgery.