How to Start Your Journey

Once you have decided to pursue bariatric surgery, you may want to speed up the process. But there’s a benefit to taking a careful approach. The aim of the Abrazo Scottsdale Campus Bariatric Wellness Institute is to prepare you both physically and emotionally for your journey. As part of that process, you’ll undergo tests to determine whether you are a good candidate for weight loss surgery. 

Our Program Coordinator will help guide you throughout your journey. After your initial medical tests, your health factors will be evaluated. This involves some blood work and tests to monitor your heart, lungs and chest. As part of the comprehensive bariatric program, you will meet with a psychiatrist to determine your emotional readiness and help understand any barriers to your long-term success.

You doctor will discuss the bariatric procedures with you to help determine the best option and review the benefits, risks and expectations of surgery. Before bariatric surgery, you may also need to:

  • Lose some weight to help prevent problems during and after surgery
  • Stop smoking
  • Work with health care providers to treat medical or emotional problems

Six consecutive monthly visits including: one visit with a regular dietician, one visit with a psychologist and certain medical tests. Each visit will review a different topic, such as:

  • General health issues
  • Nutritional food guidelines
  • Weight loss, diet and exercise
  • Cardiac clearance
  • Pulmonary clearance
  • Sleep study (if needed)

One of your goals for each visit will be to show weight loss, which is necessary to meet guidelines for insurance plans.

Surgery will be scheduled within two to four weeks after you meet the criteria for the procedure. 

If you have any questions, please call our Program Coordinator at 1-877-934-9355.

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