Before Surgery

Prior to bariatric surgery, all patients will complete the following:

  • Orientation: If you are interested in bariatric surgery, please complete a free Memorial Bariatric Services orientation prior to making an appointment with the surgeon.  Register online or call our toll free number.
  • Educational Video: Watch this educational video from our accredited body MBSAQIP.  Watch video.
  • Medical Evaluation: The Nurse Practitioner or Physician Assistant will complete your initial medical evaluation to determine if you are a medically suitable surgical candidate.
  • Behavioral Health (Psychological) Evaluation: Each patient undergoes a pre-operative assessment to evaluate mental health status, social support, evidence of emotional overeating, and to ensure that the candidate is well-informed of both the risks and benefits of the surgery.
  • Physical Therapy Evaluation: The physical therapist assesses each patient's individual physical fitness level and develops a personalized exercise program to fit the patient's abilities and interests.
  • Nutrition Education Class and Evaluation and follow-up sessions: The dietitian assesses the patient's motivation to make dietary changes, provides nutrition education, and works with the patient to develop an individual nutrition plan pre-operatively.
  • Consultation: Prior to surgery, you will meet with one of our bariatric surgeons to have any questions answered, again review medical history, bariatric surgical options, and informed consent (risk, benefits and alterative treatment options).

Often patients are required to follow specific nutrition, exercise or mental health recommendations prior to scheduling their surgery. These recommendations may involve weight loss or control, attending mental health counseling or support groups, or physical therapy.

These are precautionary measures intended to reduce the risk of certain surgical complications and to increase the patient's chances of long-term and healthy weight loss.

Patient participation and motivation prior to surgery are critical for a successful outcome and maintenance of long-term weight loss after surgery. We are here to help you commit to long term behavior modification.

Patients considering surgery are strongly encouraged to attend our monthly support groups. This group support gives the candidate an opportunity to talk with those who have had the surgery. We offer support groups in Springfield and in Normal.

In addition to the evaluation process, patients will be provided with detailed information on their surgical options, realistic expectations, post-operative care, possible side-effects, surgical risks and lifestyle adaptations.

Patients will be asked to submit past medical records to aid in the evaluation process.

Upon completion of the evaluation process, the surgeon will make recommendations to the patient and discuss in detail the patient's options, goals and expectations.