for surgery includes several important steps:
consultation. During your initial consultation,
you and Dr. Afram will determine whether you are a candidate
for obesity surgery. You will be provided a detailed explanation
of the surgical procedure and the expected recuperation.
You will discuss how your eating habits will change for
the better after surgery, and you will have an opportunity
to have all your questions answered.
clearance. Before surgery you will undergo a
comprehensive medical evaluation to ensure your fitness
for surgery. This medical evaluation is scheduled for you
by the Center for Obesity Surgery, and includes an assessment
of general fitness, blood tests, an EKG, a chest x-ray,
a pulmonary function test, an upper gastrointestinal x-ray,
a gall bladder ultrasound, and other tests as needed. In
addition, you will receive a pre-operative evaluation with
an anesthesiologist. Licensed medical professionals affiliated
with either the Center for Obesity Surgery or George WashingtonUniversity
Hospital perform all components of the medical evaluation.
screening. This screening involves taking a personality
inventory and participating in a one-on-one interview with
the program's licensed psychologist. The purpose of the
psychological screening is to ensure that there is no severe
psychological issue that would compromise your chances for
success on the program, and to ensure you'll have adequate
personalized support as you begin your post-operative life.
consultation. During a one-on-one appointment
with the program nutritionist you will receive information
on what and how you'll be eating after surgery. You will
discuss eating immediately following surgery, making the
transition to solid food, developing a long-term strategy
for success, and handling situations like eating out after
surgery. The nutritionist will also discuss vitamins and
other nutritional supplements with you. Additionally, you
will receive a copy of the Center for Obesity Surgery's
group. All pre-operative patients are required
to attend at least one session of our patient support group.
At this support group you will have the opportunity to meet
post-operative patients and have your questions answered
by the real experts! Of course, family, friends, and significant
others may participate in the support group. As an adjunct
to the support group patients are invited to join the online
support group at AframOSSG@eGroups.com This group of pre
and post op patients continues the relationships and support
offered in our groups through an online list serve community.
Note: Dr. Afram performs all of his surgeries at the George
Washington University Hospital.
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