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About The Weight Loss Process

Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision. The experienced team at UnityPoint Health wants you to be fully aware of the commitments both before and after surgery that you will make.

Is Surgery For Me?

Weight Loss Surgery is a major surgery. The decision to have weight loss surgery should be made after careful consideration and consultation with an experienced bariatric surgeon.  Although most weight loss surgery patients enjoy an improvement in mobility, self-image and self-esteem, these factors should not be the overriding motivation for having the procedure.  The goal of this surgery is to live better, healthier and longer.

Weight Loss Surgery is performed on people who are obese for the purpose of losing weight.  The National Institutes of Health recommends bariatric weight loss surgery for patients with a BMI of 40 or greater. Patients with a BMI of 35 or greater and who also have co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and/or sleep apnea, are also candidates for bariatric surgery.

Requirements and Expectations

  1. Attend a free, mandatory information meeting.
  2. Complete checklist and forms. At the information meeting, a checklist is provided to ensure all your pre-operative requirements are met. Paperwork will need to be completed by your initial consult with a surgeon.
  3. Attend consultation with surgeon.
  4. Contact your insurance to confirm benefits and requirements.
  5. Join a support group to prepare you for surgery.
  6. Attend consultation with Registered Dietitian and Exercise Specialist.
  7. Attend consultation with Licensed Clinical Psychologist, or Psychiatrist.
  8. Visit your primary care provider 30 days before surgery for pre-operative clearance.
  9. Attend 2-Week Pre-Operative appointment.
  10. Undergo Surgery, maintain follow-up care, and continue your healthy lifestyle.

Start Your Weight Loss Journey

If you think it might be time to lose weight, we invite you to spend time learning about the journey of a weight loss patient. Our free informational meetings are an opportunity to learn more about bariatric weight loss. We'll take you step-by-step through the advantages of working with our comprehensive team, the decisions on which weight loss method suits you and then prepare you for what to expect as you take the first step in transforming your life.

Informational meeting attendance is mandatory prior to office consultations for weight loss surgery.

Register For a Virtual Bariatric Weight Loss Seminar

Lifestyle Changes Prior To Surgery

  • Avoid empty calorie foods high in calories/sugar such as regular soda, sweet tea, coffee, juices/kool-aids, cookies, cake, candy, fried foods, fast foods, etc.
  • Take a daily multi-vitamin
  • Lose 1-2 pounds per week
  • Eat 4-6 small meals a day
  • Get physically active for at least 10 minutes per day doing what is convenient, affordable & fun!
  • Quit smoking – for life!
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol
  • Stop consuming carbonated beverages (i.e. soda pop) - for life!