When to Refer a Patient for Bariatric Surgery:
Weight loss surgery should be considered for patients:
- Who have been overweight for more than five years.
- Who have had only short-term success with previous serious attempts to lose weight.
- Who have a primary physician who is willing to work with you and your surgeon.
- Who are willing and able to make changes in your eating habits and lifestyle.
- Who are willing to exercise 90 minutes a week.
Bariatric Surgery may be especially helpful for patients with co-morbid conditions.
Weight loss surgery candidates should not:
- Have other medical problems that would make the surgery too risky
- Smoke at all
- Weight loss operations cannot be performed until patients have stopped smoking for at least two months prior to starting our program.
- Have any other untreated medical conditions that may have caused obesity.
- Actively abuse drugs and/or alcohol.
Bariatric surgery may not be right for patients:
- Who have an inflammatory disease or condition of the gastrointestinal tract, such as ulcers, severe esophagitis or Crohn’s disease.
- Who are pregnant or plan to become pregnant in the near future. Pregnancy is possible and safe after weight loss surgery, but it should be delayed until your weight loss has stabilized, which typically takes two years.
- Cannot or do not want to follow the dietary rules that are associated with these procedures.
Together we can heal a patient, improve their world, and save their life. We look forward to working with you.
Here are Coordinated Health's standard Referring Physician forms and portal access.