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Preparing for bariatric surgery is a thorough process that ensures the best outcome, and we will work with you every step of the way.

Our education and evaluation process helps you decide if surgery is the best course of action for you to tackle weight loss. 

Get Started

Call 301-686-3404 to schedule a free information videocall.

After participating in the information videocall, we will schedule a consultation with our bariatric coordinator, who will:

  • Discuss your insurance eligibility with our insurance specialist
  • Schedule an appointment with the surgeon to begin discussing your specific circumstances
  • Schedule a meeting with our dietician to discuss diet and exercise requirements

Pre-Surgery Weight Loss and Medical Examinations

Following the meetings with Dr. Rickford and the dietitian, you will begin your medically supervised weight loss program. All patients will be expected to lose some amount of weight prior to the surgery being scheduled.

At the same time, you will undergo several required medical examinations with the following specialists:

  • Psychologist
  • Cardiologist
  • Gastroenterologist
  • Pulmonologist
  • Sleep specialist
  • Vascular surgeon
  • Other specialists as determined by your surgeon

We will monitor your progress throughout the education and evaluation process. There are multiple points during the process when you can decide to go forward with surgery or not. If we decide together that bariatric surgery is right for you, we will schedule your surgery.

The process can start as soon as you call 301-686-3404 to schedule your information videocall.