Bariatric / Weight Loss Surgery – Charlotte, North Carolina
3 Steps to Bariatric Surgery
Step 1- Get Medical Records
Weight loss surgery is a last resort option for people who have been struggling with obesity for years. Insurance companies want to see proof that you have struggled with your weight for at least 2 years before approving you for bariatric surgery. A doctor’s note from an old office visit is the only acceptable proof. Your weight shown on any kind of doctor’s note is what you need.
Step 2- Psychological Evaluation
All patients must have a psychological evaluation before weight loss surgery. We will provide you with a list of recommended doctors for this evaluation.
Step 3- Weight Management Program
In order to get the most out of your surgery, you must make a lifelong commitment to healthy eating and exercise. We offer a comprehensive medical weight loss program that teaches you how to eat differently and live a more active lifestyle. The program will continue to be available
to you even after your surgery. The program includes:
- A 40 minute, one-on-one initial evaluation with our registered dietician to assess your current eating and exercise habits, and give you a personalized plan
- Monthly visits with the dietician to check your progress
- Food log tracking
- Behavior modification
- Exercise counseling
- Support groups
- Private monthly weigh-ins
- Accountability on a regular basis
Some insurance companies require that you participate in this program for 3 – 6 months before approving you for surgery, but others don’t so be sure to check on your specific requirements. For your convenience we offer the added requirements of some selected insurance companies.
Most insurance companies cover bariatric surgery, but you want to be sure yours does not have any exclusions. Before doing anything else, please call your health insurance company to find out if your policy covers weight loss surgery when medically necessary.