Preparing for Surgery

Weight loss surgery can bring about many positive changes in your life, but it is a significant step that requires you to make a lifetime commitment to eating better and exercising more, and we want to make sure you are ready for it.

Bariatric surgery may be an option if you have been severely obese for five years or more and have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise. To help determine whether a weight loss procedure is right for you, Carilion offers a comprehensive program of education and an in-depth, pre-surgery screening process to help you understand how it can change your life.

Our educational process includes one-on-one interactions between you and our specialized bariatric health care team, including:

  • Licensed clinical psychologists
  • Registered dieticians
  • Exercise physiologists
  • Diabetes educators
  • Skilled laparoscopic surgeons
  • Support group coordinators

To ensure that you achieve the best possible outcome, our extensive pre-surgery evaluation process and thorough follow-up care includes:

  • Physical assessment
  • Psychological assessment
  • Insurance pre-certification
  • Pre- and post-operative nutrition and lifestyle preparation
  • Post-operative follow-up
  • Access to support groups
  • Support from specialty physicians
  • Access to orthopedic surgeons
  • Consultation with an exercise physiologist, as necessary
  • Affiliation with the Roanoke Athletic Club, where you can enroll to exercise before and after bariatric surgery

We offer three types of bariatric surgery at Carilion: