Abington Memorial Hospital's Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
The Surgical Weight Loss Program
Before Your Surgical Weight Loss Procedure
At the Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, you will undergo an extensive series of interviews, consultations and evaluations to make sure that you are both a good candidate for a procedure and are fully prepared for it.
- Free information sessions are held monthly. To register for a seminar, please call the Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery at 215-481-2204.
- An initial interview with our program coordinator.
- Lab studies and X-rays.
- Psychiatric evaluation: To identify any major psychiatric problems and to make sure patients have reasonable expectations and a good support system. Our psychiatrists also check to make sure surgery candidates have no suicidal tendencies or are abusing illegal substances - either of which disqualifies patients for surgery.
- Nutrition consultation: A registered dietitian makes sure you understand important nutritional issues and the nutritional impact and limitations of surgery.
- Physical therapy consultation: A physical therapist will tell you how to exercise and avoid injury, as well as identify any limitations and special needs. The result: a personalized exercise program, with follow-up from the physical therapist. You also may receive help in joining a fitness center associated with our program, where you'll receive a brief free membership and a discounted membership thereafter.
- EGD: Esophagogastroduodenoscopy, an endoscopic examination of the lining of your esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum with a small camera to determine if you have other disease or have a hiatal hernia.
- Surgeon consultation: The doctor will determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery and, if you are, discuss your surgical options with you.
- Non-operative weight loss: Depending on your current BMI, you must either maintain your present weight or lose some weight prior to surgery.
- Insurance approval: You usually must document that, under your physician's supervision, you have attempted but failed for six consecutive months to lose weight via diet and exercise. The Institute for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery works with you and your family doctor to secure approval of your insurance company, which can take up to eight weeks.
You may also undergo additional consultations prior to surgery. These might include visits with a cardiologist, a pulmonologist or other specialists.
You will also attend pre-operation nutrition classes; attend a monthly support group; receive a manual detailing your surgery and its implications; and be required to take and pass a written examination to verify you understand the procedure and what it entails for you and your future.