The Next Step
Once your decision has been made to pursue surgical intervention for long-term weight loss and your medical doctors have deemed it safe you will need to be evaluated by the Bariatric team. A detailed and extensive medical and diet history as well as physical examination will be performed. There may be several tests that will need to be done in order to assess your surgical risks for complications. These may include but are not limited to Echocardiography, Stress tests, pulmonary function studies, sleep apnea studies, and endoscopy. A psychological evaluation and dietary consultation is required of all surgical candidates. In addition, you will meet with your surgeon for a comprehensive discussion of which surgery would be most appropriate for you. There will also be classes and support group meetings to attend in preparation for surgery.
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