What To Expect
Continuum of Care
At Genesis, our Weight Management program is distinguished by the continuum of care we provide to patients before and after surgery through a multi-disciplinary clinic. Patients attend an introductory education class followed by consultations with the surgeon, nursing staff, dietician, exercise specialist and pharmacist. Psychological evaluations and consultations are done through Genesis Psychology Associates. Patients remain in the bariatric surgery program to receive additional consultations for at least one year post-surgery.
Preparing Yourself for Surgery
Whether your procedure is done using minimally invasive techniques or through open surgery, prepare yourself as you would for other major surgeries. The best preparation is to understand the risks and potential benefits and to closely follow your doctor's instructions.
To mentally prepare yourself:
- Understand the surgical process and what to expect afterwards.
- Talk to people who have had weight loss surgery.
- Start a journal about your experience. Record how you feel now, the obstacles you encounter, the things you hope to be able to do after surgery.
- Get a letter of support from your family. It helps to know you have people behind you, waiting to help.
To physically prepare yourself, strictly follow your doctor's guidelines. These usually include, but are not limited to:
- Stop smoking for at least eight weeks before surgery.
- Be certain to follow your surgeon's instructions regarding any medications you may be taking to control other health conditions.
- Follow the pre-surgery exercise plan provided by the Genesis Center for Weight Management.