Preoperative Testing For Potential Bariatric Surgery Patients
The process leading up to a bariatric surgical procedure is not short one, and for good reason. The most important part of any surgery, from our standpoint, is safety. We want to ensure that you, as our patient, experience the fewest possible complications and are able to resume your normal life as soon as possible after surgery. While we cannot eliminate every possibility of a complication, preoperative testing gives us a great idea as to a patient’s suitability for a given bariatric procedure.
Many patients will be able to breeze through the preoperative testing phase if they dedicate time to collecting these tests, especially if they have recently undergone diagnostic testing ordered by their medical team. If any of the required testing has been performed within the past 60 days, it will often be acceptable for our purposes and does not need to be retaken. For any tests that have not been performed, patients are welcome to use their primary care physician or a diagnostic facility of their choosing. We can also assist them by recommending a facility with whom we work.
Typical preoperative testing will include:
- Blood testing
- Urinalysis for kidney function
- EKG for heart function
- Chest x-ray for lung function
Other tests may include:
- GI testing
- Sleep study for sleep apnea
- Consultation with a psychiatrist
Our goal is to make sure that our patients are physically and mentally ready for the significant changes that wait after surgery. These changes must be considered carefully and all of our patients need to be fully committed to change. While we believe in the power of bariatric surgery as a weight loss tool, it is ultimately only that – a tool. Long-term success comes in the form of dedication to lifestyle change.