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Preparing for Bariatric Surgery

If you have made the choice to move forward with bariatric surgery, Your New Self is here to make the process as fast and efficient, as possible.

Preparing for bariatric surgery is often a big step, and it's natural to have questions and concerns. Our team is here to walk you through the process, ensuring you have access to everything you need to know.

We understand that bariatric surgery is a big lifestyle change in addition to a surgical undertaking, and that the better you are prepared, the better your results will be. This information can help you best understand the process as you prepare for bariatric surgery.

Medical Tests

Many components go into the qualification process for bariatric surgery. BMI is a good benchmark, providing a nice starting point. In order to evaluate physical wellness, diagnose any co-occurring disorders, and ensure a successful procedure, we perform a number of tests on all patients who are considering surgery. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Bloodwork
  • X-rays
  • Gastro-intestinal tests
  • Electrocardiogram (EKG)

With these simple screenings, our surgical team can determine whether surgery is the right fit for your overall health.


Physical health is the first step in the preparation process, but mental health is equally as important. Before receiving clearance to move forward with surgery, you will meet with members of our team to review your expectations, your commitment to a healthy lifestyle, and methods on how to cope with the changes surgery brings.

While preparing for bariatric surgery, patients will meet with:

  • Registered Dietitians
  • Psychologists
  • Physical Therapists

These individuals can assist in making a determination about overall eligibility. In some cases, numerous appointments may be required.

Lifestyle Changes

Bariatric surgery, while extremely effective, requires diligence and commitment from patients in order to see the best possible results. Many medical professionals encourage patients to make changes before surgery to ensure better adjustment immediately after surgery, and on an ongoing basis for the remainder of one's life.

Increased Exercise

Exercise is an important part of maximizing results from bariatric surgery. Walking, jogging, yoga, and cardio classes are recommended to help patients get used to making exercise a habit. Due to physical limitations, incorporating exercise prior to surgery may be challenging for some patients. In this case, any effort made toward creating healthy and active lifestyle habits is helpful.

Altered Diet

For some surgical procedures, like gastric bypass, eating poorly can lead to dumping syndrome. Dumping syndrome is a highly unpleasant side effect that leads to digestive problems, nausea, and vomiting. Before surgery, a dietitian will draw up a custom eating plan for patients to follow, often including high-protein, low-fat meals and meal replacement shakes. A custom eating plan can help adjust eating habits, and facilitate weight loss. Weight loss can reduce fat surrounding the liver and spleen, which minimizes the risk of complications during surgery.

Preparing for bariatric surgery is an important part of ensuring a successful outcome. At Your New Self, you will find everything you need to move forward with confidence. Contact our team today at 1-877-DMC-W8W8 to find the best resources for your unique surgical needs.

About your new self at Detroit Center in Michigan

Detroit Medical Center is the premier provider of weight loss surgery in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. DMC operates offices in the Madison Heights and Southfield areas of Detroit, Michigan, and serves other areas including Ypsilanti, Saginaw, Ann Arbor, Detroit, Flint, Livonia, Monroe, Lansing, Dearborn, Novi and Troy. Your New Self also serves Canadian bariatric patients as a preferred provider for the Ontario Ministry of Health.

Your New Self at Detroit Medical Center boasts four expert bariatric surgeons who specialize in LAP-BAND®, REALIZE® Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass bariatric surgeries.

Patients interested in weight loss surgery should sign up for a free informational seminar to learn more about their surgical options and get started today.