1. Initial consultation with a bariatric surgeon:
This is where you'll discuss the various types of bariatric surgery, their risks and benefits, and choose the most suitable option for you.
2. Psychological evaluation and counseling:
Assessing your mental readiness for the procedure and addressing any emotional or psychological concerns is crucial for long-term success.
3. Complete medical history review:
Your medical history will be thoroughly reviewed to identify any potential risks and ensure your overall health is stable for surgery.
4. Nutritional assessment and counseling:
You'll receive guidance on dietary changes before and after surgery to promote proper nutrition and weight loss.
5. Pre-operative laboratory tests:
Blood tests and other lab work will help determine your current health status and identify any underlying conditions that may need attention.
6. Imaging studies, such as X-rays and ultrasounds:
These tests can help assess the anatomy of your digestive system, aiding in the surgical planning process.
7. Evaluation of comorbid conditions (e.g., diabetes, hypertension):
Managing and optimizing any existing health conditions is vital to reduce surgery-related risks.
8. Medication adjustments as needed:
Your medications may need to be adjusted or temporarily stopped before surgery, so it's essential to work closely with your healthcare team.
9. Smoking cessation counseling (if applicable):
Smoking can increase the risk of complications, so quitting or reducing smoking is strongly encouraged before surgery.
10. Pre-operative diet plan and weight loss goals:
You'll be provided with a specific diet plan to follow before surgery to reduce liver size and improve the safety of the procedure.