Getting Started With Your Patient Advocate!
What is a Patient Advocate and what can this person do for you? The patient advocate at the New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is a person that is here to help you get started and answer your questions about the practice and our program. Whether you are gathering information about bariatric surgery for the first time, or are ready to register for a seminar, your patient advocate is here to help you on your weight loss journey!
The most often asked question I hear when I talk to a potential patient for the first time is usually: where do I start? First you should establish if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. To be candidate for weight loss surgery you must have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of at least 35. Secondly, you should register and attend one of our free informational seminars. The seminars are given by one of our physicians, and they will discuss the different procedures that are available at our office, our program that each patient will follow after having a procedure as well as insurance information.
The seminars are about an hour and half long and each person is allowed to bring a support person with them. If you are interested in pursuing a revisional procedure, but did not have your original bariatric procedure with our office, you will also attend a seminar to get started. If you have attended one of our seminars over a year from the date you wish to schedule your consultation appointment, we ask that you attend another seminar so that you will have all of the up to date information about our office and program.
As soon as the next day, after attending a seminar, you can call our office to schedule a consultation appointment with one of our physicians. You may also call the office if you have any additional questions regarding our office or our program and ask for the patient advocate. I look forward to assisting you on your weight loss journey!
Ashley Dobson, B.S.