OSF Saint Francis Medical Center

Peoria, Illinois

Steps Before Surgery

surgicalWeightloss.jpg As a Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence we have developed a complete program to help you through your weight loss journey. All of our patients are required to complete each of the following steps before surgery. Our staff at the OSF Weight Loss Center is on hand to help guide you and ensure your successful completion of the pre-surgical process.

 

  1. Attend our Informational Meeting
    Our staff will give you information about our surgeons, educate you on the types of Bariatric surgery we perform, explain our program process and answer your questions.

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  2. Obtain a Referral Letter
    A referral letter from your family doctor is required. You will fill out a form at the informational meeting and we will request the letter on your behalf. Once the referral has been received, someone from our team will call you to schedule an initial weight loss consolation appointment.
  3. Weight loss consultation appointment
    Before starting the surgical weight loss program, you will complete a medical assessment with an Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) to get a clear picture of your overall health. You will also complete a Bod Pod Assessment which provides a detailed overview of your body composition. and will help determine if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery.

    Before scheduling your initial medical assessment, you will need to check with your health insurance provider to find out if this service is covered by your plan. All health insurance policies differ, but typically your first visit will be billed under Code 99213 as an outpatient provider visit.
  4. Attend First Pre-op Meeting with your Surgeon
    You will be scheduled for an appointment with your surgeon to discuss surgery options and develop your surgical plan.
  5. Meet with your Bariatric Patient Advocate
    On your first visit with your surgeon, the Bariatric Patient Advocate will meet with you to discuss insurance coverage and assist you in obtaining approval for your surgery.  Please contact your insurance company prior to this meeting to learn about any special requirements needed before receiving approval for surgery.
  1. Attend Nutrition Class

    This class is taught by a registered dietitian, and will help you learn the basics about nutrition leading up to and following your weight loss surgery. You’ll learn about the importance of protein, water, vitamins, and portion sizes for the best weight loss results, and stay healthy after surgery./p>

    Prior to attending,

    • You must have attended the Free Informational Meeting,

    • Completed your Initial Consultation at the RiverPlex 

    • Met with the Surgeon

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  1. Attend Get Moving Class

    This class is taught by an exercise specialist, and will teach you the basics of low impact exercise.  You’ll learn the importance of exercise leading up to and following your weight loss surgery for the best weight loss results, and to maintain your strength after surgery.

    Prior to attending,

    • You must have attended the Free Informational Meeting,

    • Completed your Initial Consultation at the RiverPlex 

    • Met with the Surgeon

    View Class Schedule

  1. Attend Support Group Meetings 
    As a part of the program, you will be required to attend a support group once a month prior to your surgery. Support groups are available in many areas of the state. Click here for a full listing. 
  2. Meet with a Member of the Behavioral Health Team
    Surgery is a big step and we want to make sure you are prepared for the life style change surgery will bring. You will be scheduled to meet with psychologist from the Behavioral Health team at OSF prior to surgery. 
  3. Attend a Pre-Op Class
    The Pre-Op class will prepare you for what to expect before, after and during your surgery. You will be assigned a class time and required to attend prior to surgery.
  4. Attend your Final Pre-op Meeting with your Surgeon
    You will be scheduled for an appointment to visit with your surgeon one last time before surgery. This appointment will allow you an opportunity to address any questions or concerns you have prior to your surgery.