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Our expert team is ready to assist you on your weight loss journey. Although each patient is unique, many of you ask similar questions regarding procedures.

If you’re significantly overweight and want to make a lifestyle change, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery at Cooper Bariatrics.

Research supports the benefits of weight loss surgery for those with a BMI between 35 and 39.9 with obesity related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis and other obesity related conditions. You could be a candidate for surgical weight loss if you meet any of the following criteria:

  • You are more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40
  • You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight
  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically-supervised dieting

Bariatric surgery is a life changing procedure. Your participation and those closest to you is critical to a successful outcome. We require letters from:

  • your spouse/support person.
  • you-why is surgery the best option for you.
  • your family doctor giving you medical clearance.
  • any specialty physician you regularly see.

1. Return Patient Profile Packet

  • Copy of Insurance Card (front and back)
  • Packet must be complete!

2. Initial Appointment

  • Education, Medical, Nutritional and Psychological Evaluations
  • Insurance / Financial Consult
  • Evaluation Fees – (Waived by Cooper Bariatric Hospital Partnerships)

3. Submit Necessary Documentation

  • Medical Testing
  • Insurance Required Documentation

4. Consultation with the Surgeon

  • Pre-Op Education
  • Receive a Surgery Date

You will receive a Pre-Operative Evaluation including:

  • Laboratory – blood work
  • X-rays: CXR
  • EKG
  • Cardiac or pulmonary evaluation when appropriate
  • Psychological evaluation
  • Dietary evaluation and counseling
  • Physician evaluation
  • Level of patient awareness and commitment
  • Home support situation, and you must
  • STOP smoking

You should expect Life-long follow up including:

  • Regular blood work monitoring by Primary Care Physician
  • Monitoring on your Supplements
    – Watch for iron, Vit B-12, Calcium, Folate deficiencies
  • Discussions about any Food Problems
    – Behavioral versus stenosis
    – Stenosis rate 4%, usually 4-6 weeks post-op
    – Support, symptoms improve with time
    – Most often eating too quickly

Outside of the incredible health benefits of weight loss, you will now be on the road to a more healthier you. Remember: Surgery is a tool. You must take personal responsibility in order to be successful.

  • Understand how your procedure works.
  • Learn & implement healthy eating habits.
  • Regular fitness program.
  • Take daily vitamins and mineral supplements.
  • Lab testing/office visits for life.