Our Weight Loss Center has a team approach program to educate and help our patients through the surgical process from start, through surgery, and lifetime maintenance. Our team is dedicated to providing you the tools to both achieve your goal and maintain your goal. Through counseling, nutrition education, exercise and surgical intervention.
When you come to the weight loss center you become part of a support system to make you successful in your health journey. Blessing offers free seminars to all who are interested in pursuing bariatric surgery. These seminars are scheduled multiple times per month and are approximately 1 hour long. To find out more about the schedule for upcoming seminars, visit our events page and search weight loss.
Insurance/Financial Counseling: Preoperative patients receive insurance and financial counseling to understand insurance coverage, requirements, out-of-pocket expenses and payment options. Patients who opt to self-pay for surgery will receive counseling on our self-pay agreement and out-of-pocket expenses. Our program insurance specialist also submits documentation for insurance authorization and initiates insurance appeals if insurance denials are received.
Medical Evaluation: Our Weight Loss Surgery team offers you expertise and personalized care. They make sure that you understand all aspects of weight loss surgery. Our board certified providers Dr. Javeed Khan and Dr. Melissa Matrisch actively listen to better understand the needs of their patients' and to make sure that all questions are answered. A detailed history and physical exam are performed, and a detailed “problem list” is constructed. Patients will also have a preoperative appointment with the surgeon’s office, which includes education and review of informed consent. After surgery, all patients have routine follow-up visits for medical and nutritional monitoring.
Psychosocial Evaluation: Patients are evaluated for psychosocial readiness for bariatric surgery by the program’s behavioral health specialist. Based on this evaluation, patients will see the licensed clinical social worker and psychiatrist for psychological evaluation. Recommendations for additional mental health counseling may be made after the initial evaluation and will need to be completed before proceeding to surgery. Some patients may be required to complete a 4-week mindful eating program, which deals with barriers to weight loss, such as emotional overeating. After surgery, patients have routine follow-up visits with our behavioral specialists. Learn more about preparing for your role here.
Physical Evaluation: Patients are evaluated by our personal trainer at the Blessing Wellness Center, providing them with the instruction and follow-up care that maximizes their ability to achieve weight loss and improved strength and function before and after bariatric surgery and to determine an appropriate exercise regimen depending on their health status, fitness and ability level. After surgery, patients see our personal trainer to determine how to alter their exercise regimen as fitness, ability levels and nutritional intake increase.
Nutrition Evaluation: Patients are evaluated by a registered dietitian to determine current nutrition knowledge and past diet attempts and to begin making lifestyle changes prior to surgery. Patients typically work with the dietitian routinely and receive extensive nutrition counseling and education both pre- and postoperatively. The program dietitians also play a role in monitoring nutrition-related laboratory results and educating patients accordingly.
Bariatric Education: Health education is a vital part of our bariatric program. Under the Weight Loss Center interdisciplinary team approach, patients benefit from:
- Input from an array of specialists
- Bariatric education classes are designed to provide patients with the nutrition information
- and the knowledge and ability to be successful in achieving and maintaining good health.
Support Groups: Monthly support groups are held for patients, and participation is encouraged both pre- and postoperatively. All support groups are led by licensed health care professionals and are in place to provide ongoing support and education to our patients. At least two support groups are mandatory for preoperative patients. You can learn more by visiting the Quincy Area Weight Loss Support Group.
Preoperative Checklist: All patients must complete a standard preoperative checklist to obtain clearance for bariatric surgery. The bariatric team works with each patient during the pre-op process to complete the checklist. Depending on your medical history, additional tasks may be added to your checklist.
Surgery Stay: On the day of surgery, after your surgery is complete, your surgeon will contact your family or significant other for a brief conference in person or by phone. Each day of your stay, we will conduct morning bariatric teaching rounds on the bariatric unit to discuss your case, answer questions and review your current status. The surgeons, midlevels, nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, students and residents may participate in morning rounds.
Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? Click here to download and fill out a patient health history form to provide before you participate in the seminar! Or click here to fill out our online patient health history form.
To schedule an appointment with the Blessing Weight Loss Center or refer a patient, please call (217) 214-5800.