For you to prepare for successful weight-loss surgery, there are several crucial steps that must be taken along your journey. Bariatric surgery is not an instant fix, a cure all or "the easy way out." It is a complete and comprehensive lifestyle change. As with any lifestyle change, especially one where life changing results aren't uncommon, there is a level of commitment that is required.
As such, most insurers and health systems will lay out steps that may take three to six months on average to complete, prior to the actual surgical procedure. This time should be viewed as an opportunity to complete all of the necessary medical clearances, develop new habits, ensure that you are mentally prepared and have a support system in place. This process will allow for the most successful long-term outcome.
What makes our program unique is our team that focuses on helping you navigate these steps hand in hand. You can count on our bariatric team for personal support, expert guidance throughout your weight loss journey. That said, we are here to support you, but you are the one doing the hard work!
Please join us for an information session to learn how weight-loss surgery may help you or someone you care for shed weight, prevent the advancement of co-morbid conditions, and in many cases recover from these life altering diseases. In this information seminar, you will meet our surgeons, and members of your care team. They will educate you with an overview of the surgical options available, explain why our comprehensive approach and team of healthcare professionals will help guide you towards the best outcome possible. Our comprehensive approach leads to better, safer, more successful outcomes than ever thought possible.
Completing this step is the first requirement on your Bariatric Weight Loss journey!
Consult your insurance provider to verify your Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery benefits. Please call the phone number listed on the back of your insurance card. When speaking to a representative with your insurer, please write down their full name, and direct extension in case you are disconnected. Make sure to ask about your immediate financial responsibilities, such as specialty office co-pays, required benefit deductibles and refer to the following codes to see if they cover these surgical procedures:
Every insurer has different requirements you must meet prior to surgery, we will discuss some of these mandatory requirements in greater detail.
After completing steps one and two, you will be contacted by a member of our Bariatric Surgery coordination team to schedule your new patient appointment with one of our Bariatric Surgeons. If you have completed step 1 above and have not heard from one of our offices within two business days, please call (910) 615-BARI to be directed to a representative.
Depending on the provider of your preference, you will schedule this visit at one of our two clinic locations, either Cape Fear Valley - Ferncreek General Surgery (Dr. Ejeh and Dr. Appresai) or Cape Fear Valley - Village Surgical (Dr. Classen) in Fayetteville. During this provider driven visit, you will:
Download and complete all of the required forms and releases to fill out and bring to this appointment here.
If you are a surgical candidate, once all program and insurance requirements have been met, we will submit everything to your insurance company for final approval.