Your Journey to a Healthier Life
The Regional Center for Bariatric Surgery in High Point, NC provides a careful and comprehensive program. Like any surgical procedure, the surgical treatment of obesity is a serious matter. But unlike some procedures, this one will require your active participation in your own care. Every day, for the rest of your life.
We tell you that, up front, for three reasons.
- We want you to succeed.
- We want you to be healthier.
- We want you to know you won’t be facing it alone. We’ll be there for you every step of the way.
Our overriding goal is for you to be fully prepared, so that you are better able to cope with the changes – both the changes that are a challenge and the changes that are a pleasure – that accompany substantial weight loss.
Being fully prepared means that you have a right to know everything beforehand. You have the right to ask questions. Take the time to read through it two or three times. Feel free to jot down any questions you may have.
Is the process overwhelming? It is. But hundreds of our patients will tell you that the end result is more than worth the effort.
We recommend that patients contact the center by phone to speak to one of our trained professionals. Our staff will provide you with all of the information and support you need to get started on your journey. If needed, they can also help you to get registered for our free patient seminar. Please know that we do not accept new patients who are covered by Medicaid. Our procedures are, however, covered by many insurers and our staff will work with you to determine whether your insurance plan will pay for your procedure.
We provide free informational seminars for our patients. Our seminar will provide you with additional information about the surgical options that we offer, along with information about morbid obesity as a medical condition and other kinds of weight loss surgery and treatments. You will get a chance to meet our surgeons and staff and to ask any questions you may have about the surgery or our program. We encourage you to bring a family member or friend.
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We will request your insurance information prior to your initial consultation so that we can verify your benefits for surgery. Once we have completed our verification process, we we will call you to review your benefits and schedule your initial consultation.
During this consultation you will meet with our clinicians to discuss your surgery options. During your first visit, we will cover all aspects of our surgical program, patient follow-up and support programs. This will include a detailed explanation of the Sleeve Gastric Bypass, Adjustable Gastric Band, Rouen-y, and Sleeve Gastrectomy procedures.
New patient consultations usually range from 45 minutes to one hour long and you will need to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment. You'll learn what you can expect from us as the medical staff and what we expect from you as a patient. Patients are encouraged to bring a family member or friend, and to ask questions.
Insurance and Clearances
The following steps will be required prior to scheduling a surgery date:
- Read the selection guidelines
- Send in patient information
- Complete patient education and read the manual
- Get support letter and exam from your referring doctor
- Write your patient letter
- Get psychological evaluation
- Contact 10 previous patients
- Provide photographs of yourself
- Have your family write a detailed support letter - must be notarized
- Preoperative clinic visit
- Read and complete consent form
In addition, you may be required to complete additional steps as required by your insurance carrier. These requirements may include undergoing medically supervised weight loss for a certain period of time prior to surgery.
Our patient advocate will guide you along the way in completing these requirements. She will be available to answer questions, assist you in scheduling these appointments, and keep you updated on a timely basis on your progress through these requirements.
After these steps are completed, you can be scheduled for surgery on the next available date, which is typically two to three weeks. There is no additional waiting period once you have been approved for surgery.
We want you to be in the best possible health prior to surgery. It will make your surgery safer and improve your chances for a better surgical outcome, and a better overall experience for you. One to two weeks prior to your surgery you will return to our offices for further preparation prior to surgery which includes meeting with your anesthesiologist and undergoing lab work. Depending on your medical history, you may have an electrocardiogram (EKG) and/or a chest x-ray (CXR). You also will receive general information about what to expect throughout your hospital stay. You will be provided with pre- and post-operative instructions during this critical visit.
On the day of your scheduled surgery, arrive at the time specified by our surgical team. Once checked in at the hospital you will have an IV started and then proceed back to the operating area with the anesthesia team. Your operation will likely take about one hour. Your surgeon will visit with your family after you are safely in the recovery room.
With no complications, you can expect to be in the hospital one night. After being released from the hospital, you will remain under our watchful care.
After your surgery, our clinicians will continue to meet with you on a regular basis to assist with this major life change. You will have regularly scheduled follow-up visits with your surgeon, our physician assistant, and our dietician. The changes every patient experiences physically and mentally after surgery are monumental – and we provide excellent resources to help you to manage through these changes and reach your weight loss goals.
Our support groups offer an excellent opportunity for you to meet with your peers to discuss your struggles and your triumphs in a supportive, non-threatening environment. Click here to view the schedule of support group meetings.
Regular, consistent follow-ups with your surgeon are vital to your success and should be maintained for best possible results. Our team offers lifetime patient support. For more information on life after surgery programs, click here.
To schedule an appointment or to talk with someone about becoming a patient, call toll-free 1-855-4WTLOSS (1-855-498-5677)