About Our Program
Our Program Step by Step
The structure of our weight loss program places you at the center of your healthcare team. A step-by-step process is in place to prepare you for surgery and your journey toward a happier and healthier life.
This process starts with education to learn about the procedure and life following surgery. The first step in the process is participating in an educational seminar. After you complete this seminar, we will collect your insurance and health information. Our nurse case manager will perform a free insurance verification to check your individual benefits and your insurance company’s criteria for surgery.
We will contact you to review your benefits and schedule an appointment. As part of your evaluation, you will be scheduled for an appointment with our Registered Dietician and our behavioral health professional. We will also perform nutritional screening labs and any other consults or evaluations specific to your medical condition. Once these are successfully completed, the nurse case manager will submit for your insurance authorization and schedule your surgery date. Two weeks prior to surgery, you will start a special diet to shrink your liver and make your surgery safer.
Following surgery you will have routine follow-up appointments. Consistency with follow up plays an important role in reaching your weight loss goals after surgery. Since the LAP-BAND is adjustable, follow-up is important to ensure the band is adjusted properly in order to control your hunger. We also provide you with education and support throughout your journey.
Like all weight loss procedures, the LAP-BAND is a tool to help you. However it cannot control your behavior or your food selection. To help you achieve and maintain weight loss, you and our team will work together to maximize the use of your tool and help you along your journey to success.