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Weight loss surgery consultation is a very important aspect of preparation for the surgery and patients as well as surgeons must make is as productive as possible because it is the time which influences the patient’s final decision about the surgery. Patients always have a face to face consultation with a surgeon just before the weight loss surgery (1 or 2 days before), but sometimes they may have some other visits via video chat, especially if they choose a clinic that is located far from the place they live. Anyway, the consultation allows a patient to make sure whether the decision about the surgery, clinic and surgeon is right and resolve all the doubts concerning the procedure, diet, future life, recovery period. Patients should not hesitate to ask any questions, even the simplest and most obvious ones, e.g. how to lose weight after the surgery, what are the health benefits of weight loss surgery, or what their healthier life will look like. At this stage, each question of bothering a patient is valuable. The bariatric surgeon should explain in detail the course of the surgery, recovery, post-op diet, and any possible complications and conditions that a patient may experience.
Weight loss surgery consultation is an important aspect before preparation for the surgery. Patients and surgeons must make it is as productive as possible
Patients should start the preparations for the bariatric surgery as soon as they make a decision to undergo it. It generally concerns dietary and exercising habits such as regular small meals, drinking at least 1,5 litres of water, making healthy choices as for products, quitting smoking, mental readiness for lifestyle changes.
Regarding the consultation, the more prepared is a patient, the more effective and informative is the visit. It is highly probable that a patient is informed how to prepare for a consultation by a surgeon or a clinic manager, however, we present some general guidelines that patients may find useful before the consultation:
During the consultation, the doctor will check the BMI, analyse the diagnostic test, blood test, a patient’s medical history
Just before the consultation, patients weight and height is measured to check the BMI, then the doctor analyses the diagnostic test, blood test, a patient’s medical history, and other medical tests that have been performed and make the final decision about the qualification for the weight loss surgery (sometimes also a psychologist and dietician qualification takes place at this stage). The doctor suggests the surgery that would work most effectively for a patient and presents a detailed description of a procedure course, possible side effects, realistic results, and recovery period. After that, a patient may ask any bothering questions and discuss all the concerns with the surgeon. Patients should not hesitate to ask any questions, even these not related to the surgery, but rather concerning a diet, lifestyle changes, and exercises.
The bariatric consultation time is not set. The length of the visit depends on the patient. The first part of the visit is similar for everyone – a surgeon analyses the medical tests, interviews a patient, does necessary measurements and explains all the surgery aspects. The second part is just a discussion. Its length depends on the number of questions and concerns that a patient has. We often advise patients to ask any question they come up with, even if it seems obvious. The consultation is the best time to resolve all the doubts concerning the surgery, recovery, effects, diet plan, and any problems that may arise.
Patients usually have many questions to ask a doctor before surgery. It is a good idea to prepare a list with any concerns and bothering aspects because consultation is a unique opportunity to talk with the surgeon face to face. Below, we present the questions that patients may find useful during their consultation with a bariatric surgeon.
Bariatric surgery can be scheduled even a week after the consultation Some clinics offer the primary consultations when patients do the research among clinics – such consultation is mainly informative and explanatory
A patient who opt for a treatment in a private clinic should know in advance how long after a pre-assessment is the operation and how long after consultation is surgery. Usually, the consultation takes place not earlier than a week before the surgery (sometimes, it is scheduled after a patient is admissioned for the hospital). However, some clinics offer the primary consultations when patients do the research among clinics – the role of such a consultation is mainly informative and explanatory (it may take place in the surgeon’s office or via video chat as well). The proper consultation is the one where a patient is already qualified for the weight loss surgery (or is qualified during this consultation) – and the waiting time between this consultation and the surgery is rather short for private clinics. Of course, it is always on the clinic’s side to inform a patient about the procedure date as soon as they schedule it.
A weight loss surgery is a major, life-changing, and often life-saving procedure, hence patients should make an effort to be well-prepared for both the surgery itself and life afterwards. However, there are many sources, mainly on the Internet, giving answers to many questions, we advise patients seriously preparing for the surgery to use is as an alternative, and first and foremost treat the surgeon as a primary, authoritative and reliable source of any weight loss surgery knowledge they need. The bariatric consultation is the time when patients are educated, prepared, motivated, and instructed as for the surgery, recovery, diet and exercising. We strongly advise everyone to ask the surgeon questions because the weight loss surgery only starts the ball rolling and finally it is a patient who determines the final effects.
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Klaudia started to work for Clinic Hunter many years ago, just after graduating from the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin in Poland and since that time, this job has become her biggest passion and inspiration.
She has gained necessary expertise and experience by serving patients from all over the world (mainly the UK, Scandinavian countries, and the USA), taking an active part in numerous live and video trainings with clinics in Poland, Hungary and Turkey, participating in international medical tourism conferences and events, and completing internal Clinic Hunter courses. Now, Klaudia is an accomplished patient advisor specialising in such fields as dentistry, plastic and bariatric surgery and hair loss treatment. Her main idea is helping people nad making their lives better, that is why this job brings her so much satisfaction and joy.
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