Bariatric Surgery Patient Information
Dr. Van L. Wagner and our bariatric surgery team here in St. Louis have created a step-by-step process for our prospective patients to make your experience with us as easy and efficient as possible. If you are considering a weight loss surgery procedure such as LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding, REALIZE® Band, Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, or gastric sleeve surgery to combat morbid obesity and start living a healthier, and slimmer, lifestyle, then we encourage you to review this helpful guide to getting started. Heart of America Bariatrics has been designated as a Bariatric Center of Excellence, signifying our commitment to keeping only the highest standard of care for our patients.
Step One – Free Educational Seminar
The first step is to attend one of our free educational seminars. These informational sessions will help you understand the bariatric surgery process and which procedures may be right for you. They will also help you in understanding the dietary and lifestyle changes that will be necessary following surgery.
See the schedule and locations for our upcoming seminars, offered free of charge to those wanting more information about the life-changing procedures Dr. Van L. Wagner performs.
Step Two – Self-Education
There are a variety of websites with detailed information on weight loss surgery procedures. Knowledge of the basics of these procedures will help you know what to expect, and give you ideas of questions and concerns you may want to address once you meet with one of our board certified bariatric surgeons. Here are a few websites you may find useful:
Step Three – Medical History Form
Please completely fill out our 3-page Medical History for Bariatric Surgery form, and fax or mail it to the address listed on the bottom of this page and on our Contact Us page. Once we have received your completed paperwork, you will be assigned a patient advocate who will contact your insurance, verify your benefits, ensure that you meet the criteria, and are a candidate for bariatric surgery.
Step four – Schedule a Consult with Dr. Van L. Wagner
After we have received your Medical History Form, you will be contacted by your patient advocate to schedule a consultation with Dr. Van L. Wagner. The initial consult includes a complete history and physical examination; discussion of your weight loss surgery options and all aspects of the procedure you are considering; and insurance requirements and financial issues. This consultation typically lasts from 30 to 60 minutes.
Step Five – Schedule Surgery
After all of your insurance requirements have been received by our office, we will submit the surgery pre-determination letter to your insurance company on your behalf. Once insurance approval is obtained, surgery is typically scheduled two-to-four weeks later. We will conduct pre-operative testing during this two-to-four week period.
If you have any questions or concerns, we are here to help. Please contact Heart of America Bariatrics today.