Our Process Step by Step
Seminar and Consultation for Weight Loss Surgery in Michigan
The journey towards surgical weight loss begins when you attend one of our informational seminars. Our seminars are opportunities for potential patients to learn about the bariatric procedures available (including risks, benefits and payment options) and address any questions or concerns they may have. You may choose to move on to a one-on-one consultation with a surgeon in which your personal health and desired outcomes will be examined.
If you and your surgeon decide if a particular type of treatment is right for you, a process of preliminary steps lasting one to two months will begin. During this time preoperative tests must be conducted and all insurance authorization must be completed.
Because undergoing bariatric surgery is a significant step for any patient, the staff at Harper BMI goes to great lengths to ensure that you are suitable and prepared for your procedure. To avoid complications, we perform several tests to evaluate your overall health. These include:
- Blood Work
- Chest X-ray
- Psychological Assessment
Due to insurance stipulations or physician requests, some patients may need to undergo additional tests, such as:
- Cardiology Evaluation
- GI Evaluation
- Pulmonology Evaluation
Preparations for Surgery Weight Loss
In the weeks before your procedure, there are many steps you should take to ensure you are ready to undergo the procedure:
*Make sure you have all the supplies you will need during recovery—please remember that you movement will be limited.
*Follow all directions regarding medications. Have any postoperative prescriptions filled.
*Be sure that one or more persons can drive you home after surgery and provide assistance for the amount of time recommended by your surgeon. Many patients have difficulty performing relatively normal tasks—personal hygiene, food preparation, carrying items, etc.—immediately after surgery. Inform your helper or helpers of any special instructions you have been given.
*Refrain from smoking for at least 30 days before surgery, as it may increase the risk of postoperative pneumonia.
*Maintain close communication with your surgeon. Let him or her know if you have any health problems close to your surgery date.
*Refrain from alcohol consumption for at least 48 hours before surgery.
*Become part of a support group that can help you make the transition to your new life.
On the Night Before Your Surgery:
- Follow your surgeon’s directions regarding avoidance of eating and drinking before surgery.
- Have all necessary personal items packed.
- Leave any valuables, including jewelry, credit cards and cash, at home.
- If you wear glasses or contact lenses, make sure they can be safely stored during surgery.
- Bring comfortable clothes to wear after the procedure.
- Have your insurance card on hand as well as any documents such as medical power of attorney, advance directive or living will.
- Bring all informational documents that your surgeon and nutritionist have given you.
After Your Surgery Weight Loss
You will receive in-depth instructions from your surgeon which will outline how to care for yourself after your procedure. These instructions will include information on medication dosage, diet and follow-up appointments. Depending on your procedure and your overall health, you will likely be able to return to work 1 to 3 weeks after surgery and will be able to perform moderate levels of activity 3 to 6 weeks afterward.