If you have made the choice to move forward with bariatric surgery as part of your weight loss journey, or you just want to learn more about a procedure as a treatment option, you’ll want to set up an initial consultation with a specialist. You may not know what to expect during this visit, but that doesn’t mean you should come ill-prepared. Below, we explain how you can prepare for your bariatric surgery consultation so you can get the most out of this first meeting.
Preparing For Your Surgical Weight Loss Consultation
Even though this first consultation is largely informative, there are some things that our providers hope you consider so that both sides can have a beneficial consultation. At the outset, be prepared to answer a few questions about your diet, your health history and your family history. These help give us a baseline to work with, and oftentimes this involves a little bit of paperwork. By using this information, our doctors can hone in on specific areas that we want to focus on with your diet and overall health. All that we ask for this stage is that you come willing to be open and honest about your lifestyle and family history, because it will allow us to make the best decisions for your care.
Next, we’re going to ask you about your past treatments and how they went. Obviously they did not go as hoped since you’re still considering weight loss surgery, but we want to learn more about the obstacles that affected your success. Don’t be ashamed if hunger or poor diet contributed to your inhibited success, because we’ll be able to set you up with resources to help with these factors. Again, we just ask that you are open and honest about your prior non-operative treatments for weight loss, because it helps us spot any roadblocks to success.
The next area we want you to think about before you come in for your first appointment is your personal goals. What do you hope to achieve with a weight loss surgery? While the obvious answer is to lose weight, we hope you’ll dig deeper for answers that are more unique to your situation. Do you want to have less back or knee pain? Do you want to have more energy or tire slower? Do you want to be comfortable again in your own skin? Try to come up with a few things other than weight loss that you are hoping bariatric surgery can help you achieve.
Finally, we’ll go over some of the procedures we offer and match them to your goals and desires. We don’t expect anything to be set in stone before you leave, but we want to give you as much information as possible so you can make the most informed decision about your health. We’ll also go over the recovery and rehabilitation, including what we’ll expect from you in the weeks and months after surgery is complete. Bariatric surgery is just the beginning, it’s the work you put in after surgery that will drive home results, and we’ll cover the importance of forming healthy habits during this crucial period after surgery. By the end of this conversation, we hope that you are informed, confident and excited about your weight loss options.
We can also explain how we’ll proceed if you decide to move forward with surgery. Surgery can happen on your own time, so we want to lay out all the information in this first meeting without overwhelming you so that you can make the best decision for your health. If you’d like to set up one of these consultations, or you just want more information on the bariatric surgery process, pick up the phone and give Dr. Bhatti and the team at Bhatti GI Consultants a call today at (952) 368-3800.