At Live Healthy MD, we offer the full array of surgical weight loss procedures in order to provide the right weight loss option for each patient. Our physicians are committed to continued learning and have perfected their knowledge of bariatric surgery. As a Bariatric Center of Excellence, we pride ourselves on being able to perform a wide array of surgeries and being capable of handling the most difficult procedures.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Prior to making the final decision to have weight loss surgery and commit to a long-term plan to lose weight, we recommend our patients attend one of our free educational seminars to learn more about their options. Once the patient has decided to move forward with surgery, we will schedule them for an initial consultation. At this consultation, the patient will undergo a complete medical, nutritional, psychological, and exercise evaluation. Next, they must complete a set of predetermined steps put forth by the insurance companies before being cleared for coverage.
PATHWAY TO SURGERY
Step 1: Free Information Seminar
We urge all patients to attend a free informational seminar before scheduling an appointment. At the seminar, you will have a chance to meet the physician, learn about the benefits of weight loss surgery, and have all your questions answered. We offer seminars in Augusta, Dublin, and Macon in conjunction with our hospital partners. Attending a seminar is not required to begin the process.
Step 2: Insurance Verification
After you attend the informational seminar or after you request your initial appointment, we will collect your insurance information and call your provider to find out more about your benefits. We will also go ahead and schedule you for an initial consultation. At your initial consult, your surgeon will discuss in detail your coverage and other payment options.
Step 3: Initial Consult
At your initial consultation, you will attend a new patient class with other prospective patients. The class will be directed by your surgeon and will cover the basics of weight loss surgery. You will then get a chance to meet one-on-one with your surgeon to discuss your questions, concerns, and desired procedure. During the new patient class, you will also meet your patient navigator who will discuss in detail the process of insurance approval, diagnostic testing, and surgery scheduling.
Step 4: Preoperative Education
During your preoperative education, you will attend a wellness class where you will be given all the details about what to expect before, during and after surgery as it relates to nutrition, mental health, and physical activity.
Step 5: Psychological Evaluation
We require all patients to obtain psychological clearance for bariatric surgery. The purpose of this step is to make sure you are ready to make a change in regards to your weight because surgery is not a quick fix, but requires a lifetime commitment. During this process, you will meet with our bariatric psychologist to discuss your history of weight gain and previous efforts to lose weight.
Step 6: Diagnostic Testing
Prior to surgery, you may be required to undergo diagnostic tests such as an EGD, have blood work drawn, or other tests performed to obtain medical, cardiac, or pulmonary clearance. Our physicians will perform the EGD and blood work. If you need medical clearances, your patient navigator will notify you and will assist in providing a referral for these clearances.
Step 7: Pre-Op Diet
Certain insurance providers will require patients to perform a 6-month, 3-month, or 6-week diet before surgery. If this is required, our dietitian will assist in helping you get started. At Live Healthy MD, we require all patients to do a 2-week pre-op liquid diet. This helps shrink the size of the liver for a safer and easier surgery as the surgeon has to go around the liver to get to the stomach.
Step 8: Surgery!
Once you have completed your required evaluations, all of your clearances, and your pre-op diet, you are now ready for surgery! However, the journey does not stop here. Weight loss surgery is a lifelong journey with continued effort.
All of our surgical weight loss procedures are performed using a minimally invasive, laparoscopic approach. This method leads to a quicker recovery, minimal scarring, shorter hospitalization times, and fewer overall complications. Live Healthy MD is committed to providing our patients with the most up-to-date bariatric surgical weight loss procedures and helping our patients achieve long-term and significant weight loss.
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