At Hays Medical Center your treatment is more than just a medical procedure. It is a complete program of support and is designed to assist you to New Health! New You! You will receive guidance through each step of the process. If you would like more information or to see if you qualify for weight loss surgery, please contact the Southwind Surgical office at 785-623-5945.
1) Contact Bariatric Program Nursing Staff
Contact the bariatric program nursing staff at 785-623-5945.
2) Complete Health Questionnaire
3) Initial Surgical Consult
Our bariatric surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of surgery in addition to answering questions you may have regarding the surgical process itself. The nursing staff will review and assist with beginning the required testing process.
4) Initial Insurance Approval
5) Get Moving!
6) Psychological Evaluation/Clearance
7) Complete Medical Testing
8) Dietary Consult
9) Exercise Physiologist
After conducting a personal evaluation of your fitness level, our exercise physiologist will discuss the benefits of exercise both before and after surgery. In addition, the two of you will develop an exercise program that fits your specific needs and that is adaptable during each step of the bariatric surgical process. The package fee includes your one on one exercise therapy sessions through the cardiovascular program at The Center for Health Improvement at Hays Medical Center.
10) Pre Surgical Visit
You will meet with the bariatric surgeon and nursing staff. You will receive information regarding your surgery, pre op testing/diet requirements and hospital stay. A tentative surgery date will be discussed but cannot be definite until written insurance approval is received.
11) Financial Insurance Approval
Once the pre surgical visit with the surgeon is complete, a final letter of approval is sent to your insurance company for review. This process can take anywhere from just a few days to a month depending on their requirements or review process. The surgery date can be scheduled and confirmed once the insurance approval process is complete.
12) Post-Op Clinical Visits
You will be seen in the office one week post operatively. In routine cases, your next visit will be in 4-5 weeks from the date of surgery. This will include an appointment with the dietitian at this visit. Routine visits with both the surgeon and dietitian are at 1 month, 3 months and 6 months. You will continue to see the surgeon at 1 year and yearly up to 5 years.