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Our Process Step by Step

Seminar and Consultation for Weight Loss Surgery in Michigan:

The bariatric surgery process at Your New Self begins when you attend one of our informational seminars, either online or in-person at our facility in Detroit, Madison Heights, Southfield, or Commerce, Michigan. Bariatric surgery seminars provide opportunities for people 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. Total time from consultation to the actual surgery date will vary and largely depends on your individual insurance plan requirements.

Preoperative Tests for Weight Loss Surgery:

Because undergoing bariatric surgery is a significant step for any patient, the staff at Your New Self: Detroit Medical Center’s Weight Loss Solutions program (otherwise known as 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
  • Urinalysis
  • Chest X-ray
  • Electrocardiogram
  • 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
  • Sleep Study

Preparations for Bariatric Surgery:

In the weeks before your bariatric surgery 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 your 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 bariatric 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 Weight Loss Surgery:

You will receive in-depth instructions from your bariatric 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.

To learn more about Your New Self bariatric surgery process please fill out our contact us form or call us at 1.877.362.9898.

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.