While they are widely performed and well studied, bariatric procedures are serious surgeries and should be considered carefully. That's why we encourage all our patients to begin by consulting with their primary care physicians.
If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 30 or greater, your physician may recommend that you get more information about bariatric surgery. One of the best ways to do this is to attend a free informational seminar. These sessions give you a chance to meet our team and ask questions about the procedures we offer. Or if you prefer, you can schedule a private consultation. Call VIP-RHC-THIN (847-742-8446) for seminars or consultations.
Before Your Surgery
If you and your physician decide that bariatric surgery is the right choice, you should schedule an appointment for an initial consultation. Our staff will guide you through the next steps, including:
- Submission of our pre-consultation requirements:
- Insurance verification form and copy of insurance card with benefit page from insurance plan
- Letter of bariatric surgery recommendation from your physician
- Medical record documenting any medically supervised weight loss history and co-morbid conditions
- Bariatric surgery essay
- Completed health questionnaire
- Consultations with our specialists, including our clinical psychologist and bariatric surgeon
- Attendance at pre-operative bariatric support group meetings
- Completion of any additional diagnostic tests
After Your Surgery
In our experience, good follow-up care is essential to losing excess weight and keeping it off. That's why we require you meet with regularly with our:
- Bariatric surgeon
- Registered dietitian
- Bariatric support group (at least twice)
You also may be asked to meet with our psychologist as needed. These consultations and check-ups help keep on you on track for a healthy, more active life.