What to Expect: The Bariatric Surgery Process
When people think of weight loss surgery, they presume it’s just an interaction between the patient and the surgeon. That’s not the case with New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery in Knoxville. Our surgery is a team effort before, during, and after the procedure.
We have a team that will help and support you in this journey. We have our bariatric surgeon, bariatric patient advocate, bariatric certified nurse, clinical exercise physiologist, registered dietitian, bariatric patient liaison, and psychologist.
We will do our best to help you achieve your long-term weight loss goals, but we also need your full commitment. The bulk of your weight loss success depends largely on you. It will not be easy, but we will help you all throughout.
Preparing for your bariatric surgery
Learning how to prepare for bariatric surgery greatly increases your success with the procedure. At New Life, part of the process includes:
- Attending or viewing our FREE bariatric info series
- Scheduling an initial consult with our surgeon
- Filling out insurance paperwork
- Joining a bariatric support group
- Arranging for some help at home during and after surgery
- Planning for your post-op lifestyle
Importance of sticking to your prescribed plan
Before your surgery, you will have a consultation with our dietitian who will recommend a dietary plan for you. Following this eating plan is important. It is designed to help you lose weight before your surgery to reduce the potential risks for complications.
After the surgery, our bariatric team will start you on several phases of a diet plan. This is a carefully created plan to help you limit your caloric intake while still keeping in mind your nutrition needs.
We offer support all throughout your journey
We encourage our patients to join our bariatric support group, which you can attend in-person or online. It’s a good way to stay accountable, informed, and supported by people who are or have been in your shoes. To get started on your weight loss journey today, visit https://www.newlifebariatricsurgery.com/info-sessions/.
New Life Center for Bariatric Surgery is part of Premier Surgical Bariatrics in Knoxville, Tennessee. New Life is affiliated with the Parkwest Center for Bariatric Surgery, an accredited Comprehensive Metabolic and Bariatric Surgical Center. Parkwest is a member of Covenant Health Bariatric Services.