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First Consult

We have a very detailed and personal program tailored for each patient that starts before your first consult. Our goal is for our patients to have continuity of care during the critical post-operative period and to have the support needed while their life is being transformed after their weight loss surgical procedure, whether it was Duodenal Switch, Revision of a Gastric Bypass to Duodenal Switch, Sleeve Gastrectomy, Revision of a Duodenal Switch or any general surgical option. We believe that a structured follow up is critical for a successful outcome for a patient. It reduces the complication rates, and improves long-term success rate. Each patient is studied individually based on pre-operative history, overall health, surgical course, post-operative care and psychosocial environment and factors.

Please read through the information on this website. Our site’s purpose is to provide you with a detailed description of the steps that you will need to take as a patient in our practice. You may feel overwhelmed by the information. Take all the time required to study the information, contact us for any additional information you may have. We will guide you every step of the way through your journey.

With years of experience in treating the disease of obesity we understand the emotional stresses involved in making this life changing decision. We hope that we have a hand in realizing the dream of becoming the healthy person you want to be.

Your First Visit

We are so excited to be a part of this life-changing journey with you. In order for us to provide the best care during your first consult, it is very important that you bring the following items to your visit: 

  •  Photo ID
  •  A list of your current prescription and over the counter medications and supplements.
  •  Any and all x-rays films
  •  Insurance information and card
  •  Information about what treatments and medications have been tried in the past
  •  Medical records from prior visits that you think may be helpful
  •  New Patients: Please download and complete the patient history form

Nutritional & Psychological Evaluations

As mandated by most insurance companies, a complete nutritional and psychological evaluation is required prior to any weight loss surgery. This includes but not limited to Duodenal Switch, revision of Gastric Bypass to Duodenal Switch, Sleeve Gastrectomy, revision of Adjustable Gastric Banding or other weight loss surgical procedure, or revision of Duodenal Switch.

We work very closely with nutritionists and dietitians who have a thorough understanding of different weight loss surgical procedures and the nutritional and supplement requirements that are needed postoperatively. We also work with psychologists who have years of experience with providing the care and counseling needed during the pre-and postoperative periods.

Our office will coordinate and help you complete these evaluations.

Pre-Operative Work-Up

Prior to any surgery that involves general anesthesia, a number of diagnostic tests need to be performed. Weight loss surgical procedures are no exception. In fact in most cases a more in-depth and extensive pre-operative evaluation is needed prior to weight loss surgery.

Pre-operative patients will be required to have an EKG, chest x-ray and complete blood work prior to the surgery. The blood work will include a comprehensive evaluation of the patient’s nutritional status by measuring vitamin and mineral levels. Some patient’s may require upper endoscopy and/or upper GI series prior to their surgery to evaluate their anatomy. Based on the patient’s past medical history, some may be required to have a sleep study, while others may require a complete cardiac evaluation.

Our office will coordinate and help you complete the preoperative workup. We have also composed a document to help each patient optimize his or her pre-operative health care status.

We Accept:

All PPO and Medicare Insurances.