What kind of testing will I undergo during the evaluation process?
Patients begin the program with a complete medical evaluation. We want to document an improvement in total health with weight loss. The following tests may be included in your health evaluation.
Sleep apnea tests.
Blood tests with liver function, lipid panel, mineral and vitamin levels.
Exercise tolerance, cardiac function.
Bone density measurements.
Some patients will require an endoscopy.
Some patients will need an abdominal ultrasound.
In addition to a medical evaluation, patients will undergo a psychological evaluation. They will then meet with the nutritionist, and once cleared by the other members of the team, they will meet with the surgeon. Preoperative attendance at a support group is necessary.