If you’re considering bariatric surgery, you already know that clinical obesity is a debilitating medical condition that resists treatment. You also may know that bariatric surgery is a life-changing procedure that carries serious risks as well as great rewards. Make sure that you cannot achieve necessary weight loss through other means before you commit to bariatric surgery. Learn as much as you can about its benefits, possible complications and what to expect in the days, weeks, months and years following a bariatric procedure.
The physicians and staff at Baptist Hospital Bariatric Center are ready to provide you with detailed information about weight loss and lap band, and answer any questions you may have about the procedures. A monthly bariatric support group allows you to meet with, and learn from, people who already have had the surgery. There are also monthly “Meet The Doctor” meetings providing comprehensive information about morbid obesity, its treatment options, including gastric bypass and lap-band surgery.
The Baptist Hospital Bariatric Center provides you with services and support to help you succeed in your post-operative life. Prior to your surgery, you will meet with a psychologist specializing in weight-related issues to ensure that bariatric surgery is right for you. You also will undergo a nutritional evaluation with a registered dietician specializing in the nutritional needs of bariatric patients. To prepare you for your surgery, you must attend one of the center’s weekly pre-operative education classes, which are conducted by our dietician and bariatric nurse liaison. You will learn specifics about the surgery, the recovery process and the nutritional requirements that follow a gastric bypass procedure.
The bariatric nurse liaison, who underwent the surgery herself, follows each patient through the entire process, from pre-operative counseling to post-operative support, counseling and follow-up. As your personal nurse, this liaison plays an essential role in ensuring your successful recovery and adjustment. A bariatric nurse practitioner, a registered nurse with advanced training and certification, works with your surgeon to provide you with comprehensive follow-up care, monitoring your physical condition and psychological adjustment during the first five years following your surgery.
If you would like more information on lap-band surgery, please visit http://www.lapband.com/. To learn more about weight loss surgery and Baptist Hospital Bariatric Center, please call 850.437.8746.