Candidates for weight loss surgery in St. Petersburg, Florida
Making the decision to have weight loss surgery can be the first step to a healthier life. At Palms of Pasadena Hospital, we want your bariatric surgery experience to be as successful as possible. This is why we provide comprehensive education and guidelines to help you have a positive weight loss journey.
To learn more about our bariatric surgery program, please call us at 866-931-THIN (8446).
Weight loss surgery candidates
Weight loss surgery may be an option for individuals who:
- Are 100 pounds or more over their ideal body weight
- Have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater
- Have a BMI of 35 to 39.9 with a diagnosed weight-related health problem, such as diabetes, high blood pressure or obstructive sleep apnea
Bariatric surgery requirements
If you and your doctor decide bariatric surgery is the right option for you, there are several steps you must take before your procedure can be scheduled.
Verify insurance coverage
Ensuring that your insurance provider will cover your bariatric surgery is an initial step in your journey. Contact your insurance to verify if weight loss surgery is covered and if there are any requirements you need to meet.
Document medically monitored weight loss attempts
Most insurance companies require several months of medically supervised weight loss attempts, including:
- Initial visit with your primary care provider (PCP) that includes a prescribed weight loss plan
- Monthly follow-up appointments with PCP
- Dietary education, behavioral modification and exercise plans
If you do not have this documentation, contact your PCP as soon as possible to start the process.
Submit bariatric registration form
After you have gathered required documentation, please complete the bariatric patient registration form. Upon completion, please fax the form to (727) 341-7058. You will be contacted by a member of our bariatric team to set up an appointment.
Request medical records
Medical records for at least the last two years are required. Some insurance companies require five years of records. Ensure your records include illnesses you have been treated for, such as high blood pressure, diabetes or sleep apnea.
Complete a psychological evaluation
A psychological evaluation is required. The evaluation includes a detailed clinical interview and scored psychological tests. The evaluation also determines:
- Mental health problems
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Uncontrolled major depression
Complete a nutritional assessment
A nutritional assessment is part of the preoperative plan of care. This assessment covers:
- Diet you will be required to follow to maximize the benefits of your surgery
- Emotional eating
- Food intake
- Identifying triggers that might be of benefit after surgery