The Pathway to Successful Weight Loss Surgery
What’s Different About Weight Loss Surgery?
Weight loss surgery is different from most other surgical procedures. Your surgery will affect your health and your eating habits for the rest of your life. Thus, it is important that you are as completely prepared as possible, both medically and emotionally, before you undergo your surgery.
After confirming that you are a good candidate for surgery, your surgeon will make sure you are evaluated by a multidisciplinary team including a nutritionist, a gastroenterologist, and a psychiatrist. If you have heart or lung problems, you may be evaluated by medical specialists in those areas. You will be seen by the anesthesia team who will educate you about general anesthesia.
After you surgery, you will need to follow-up with your weight-loss surgery team on a lifelong basis. During these follow-up visits with your surgical team, your nutritionist, and your primary care doctor, we will assess your weight loss and make sure you do not suffer from any vitamin, mineral or other nutritional deficiency.
To help you navigate your way through this very involved process, the Weight Loss Surgery Team at Mount Sinai has created The Pathway – a guide through the whole process of weight loss surgery. Click on each of the options on “The Pathway” menu above.
- Request an information sheet about your weight loss history
- Set up an appointment to meet a qualified weight loss surgeon
- Meet with your surgeon for your initial evaluation
- Complete the necessary preoperative tests and evaluations
- Get insurance approval
- Your operation
- Your stay in the recovery room
- Your hospital stay afterwards
- Your discharge from the hospital
- The first few weeks after surgery
- The first year after surgery
- Know where to turn for post-op support