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Considering Weight Loss Surgery?

There's a lot to consider. Let us help you weigh your options.

Get Familiar
Our staff leads a free weekly seminar to give prospective patients an overview of our program. We offer these seminars on weekdays and weekends. You'll learn about bariatric surgery, including the results you can expect. We'll also talk about what you need to do to help ensure a positive outcome. Spouses are welcomed to attend.  

Click here to view a list of upcoming meetings and locations. Advance registration is required, as seating at each seminar is limited. We intentionally keep the group small to allow for more interaction with the doctor. To register, call 1-888-ASK-DUKE (275-3853).

You may also view a shorter online version of our seminar to learn more.

Registration and Insurance
You'll get a medical history and insurance form at the seminar that you can complete while you're onsite, or you can take it home for consideration. The information you provide on that application helps us verify your bariatric surgery benefits. 

The Next Step
We'll contact you within two weeks of receipt of your medical history form to schedule that appointment. This visit, which involves a physical, allows us to learn about your medical history and discuss your weight loss goals.

It's at this visit that we'll refer you to any specialists you need to see. Those may include a cardiologist, pulmonologist, sleep specialist or gastroenterologist. Our goal in having you meet with various specialists is to ensure that surgery is safe for you.

A Healthy Mindset
There's a psychological component to making the decision to have weight loss surgery. Behavior modification is part of the equation. A consultation with a psychologist specifically trained in evaluating patients for bariatric surgery is a requirement during the "discovery" phase of this process.

Diet and Exercise
Bariatric surgery is life-changing. But, patients who want to undergo the surgery must first alter their habits and undergo a nutritional assessment. 

Lifestyle changes have to start well before a visit to the operating room. Our bariatric nutritionist will guide you through the changes in diet and exercise you may need to make in advance of the surgery.

Decision Time
After you've completed the evaluation process, it's time for you and your doctor to discuss if surgery is right for you. This is an in-person, one-on-one visit. Your surgeon will make a recommendation and discuss any questions you have.

Pre- and Post-Op
We want you to be fully prepared – mentally and physically – for surgery. Part of that thorough preparation is a pre-op visit one to two weeks prior to surgery. You should plan on a full-day visit, although it may not take the full day. The surgeon will review the procedure with you and answer any last-minute questions you have. There are some pre-op steps for you to begin a week before surgery, and you'll learn about those, too. You'll also attend a group session to prepare you for your hospital visit. Lastly, you'll have a consultation with an anesthesiologist.   

Our care continues after your surgery. Staying in contact with your dietician is vital in the ultimate success of the procedure. You'll have a scheduled appointment with the dietician two weeks and six weeks post-op and again at the three-, six-, and 12-month marks. Beyond that, you may meet with a dietitian as needed.

Contact Us

Want to learn more? Call the Duke Center for Metabolic and Weight Loss Surgery (Raleigh campus) at 919-862-2715, or email us at dukewls@duke.edu