Our step-by-step program at Virginia Mason Franciscan Health makes it easy to stay on track throughout your weight loss surgery journey. From your first appointment through follow-up care, we provide the ongoing education, guidance and support you need to achieve your goals.
Here’s how to begin your weight loss transformation:
We perform thorough preoperative evaluations to make sure you’re ready for surgery. And we help you select the right weight loss procedure for your needs. You’ll meet one on one with your surgeon, a nurse and a registered dietitian. Evaluations may include:
Next, we work with you to review your insurance coverage and submit all necessary information to your insurance company. Once we receive your insurance company’s approval, we’ll schedule a surgery date. Learn more in our payment and insurance FAQs.
We provide all the important information you need to prepare for surgery, including your pre-bariatric surgery diet and other steps you can take to increase your chances of success.
Weight loss surgery is different for each person. It varies depending on the type of procedure you have. An experienced team, including your surgeon, an anesthesiologist and nurses, oversee your surgery and aftercare.
In general, you can expect:
You start your post-bariatric surgery diet right away. A registered dietitian gives you detailed instructions, but most people are on a liquid diet for a couple of weeks after their procedure. It’s also important to stay well hydrated after surgery (46–64 ounces of water each day). Most people are up and walking the same day as their procedure.
Here’s what you can expect during the recovery process:
Recovery from weight loss surgery is ongoing. You follow a five-phase eating and drinking plan that evolves over the first six weeks following surgery. Your care team advises you when to begin taking protein and vitamin supplements. Your registered dietitian also provides detailed lists of recommended liquids and foods for each phase of your diet, as well as meal plans. Learn more about your bariatric diet after surgery.
You have follow-up appointments after your surgery so we can monitor your weight loss and address any side effects. Follow-up appointments are typically at 1–2 weeks, 6–8 weeks and one year after surgery. Members of your care team are available to answer questions and provide support throughout this time. In addition, twice-monthly support groups and ongoing nutritional counseling will help you stay on track.
We invite you to join our free monthly virtual support group meetings led by members of our team. Our group discussions give us time to discuss common concerns and celebrate victories. We encourage pre-operative patients to attend our sessions to learn more about life after surgery and prepare them for success.
We invite you to take the next step to find out more about your weight loss options.