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Benefits and Risks: Pre-Operative Evaluation

The medical and emotional benefits of these procedures begin almost immediately after surgery, and the cosmetic benefits follow in their wake. Over time, the benefits may include:

  • Significant sustained weight loss
  • Blood-sugar levels for patients with Type 2 diabetes that improve almost immediately and become completely normal within a year of surgery
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Lower cholesterol
  • Relief from sleep apnea and acid reflux
  • Less osteoarthritis pain and improved mobility
  • Improved mood and self-esteem

The three weight loss surgeries are major surgical procedures, which have risks. Your surgeon will discuss this further with you when you have your consult.

Pre-operative Evaluation
The information session will provide you with an overall guide for each of the surgical procedures. Once your application is received you will be scheduled for appointments with the:

  • Dietitian consult
  • Pulmonologist (evaluate for sleep apnea)
  • Labs and diagnostics will be ordered
  • Support group attendance (ongoing support group attendance is recommended, preferably with your support person - two support group attendances are mandatory in order to proceed with the program)
  • Ongoing communication with your primary physician regarding your interest in weight loss surgery
  • Physical therapy evaluation may be recommended to assess your exercise pattern
  • Initial consult with Dr. Carroll once the above has been achieved
  • Psychologist evaluation
  • Bariatric team discussion

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