Steps to Bariatric Surgery
Northern Westchester Hospital’s Surgical Weight Loss Program
focuses on the health and well-being of each patient. The steps to bariatric surgery is designed to:
- Provide you with clear, thorough education for your long term success
- Ensure that every aspect of your health is considered before putting your body under the stress that comes with any surgical procedure
Prepare your mind and body for surgery
The better prepared you are; the faster you will recover, and the more comfortable you will be along the way.
"The better prepared you are; the faster you will recover, and the more comfortable you will be along the way."
1. Attend one of our free weight loss seminars
The first step in our bariatric program is to attend a free in-person or online educational seminar about bariatric surgery. These seminars are held once a month at our hospital, but we have also made the presentation available online! While it is our preference to have you come in for an In-Person Seminar so that we can address your questions and provide you with the opportunity to meet Dr. Mitchell Roslin and Dr. Amanda Messina, we understand that our schedule may not fit your needs. Whether you attend the seminar online or in-person, you will learn about the different laparoscopic bariatric surgeries offered at NWH, meet our surgeons Dr. Roslin, and Dr. Messina to find out if bariatric surgery —gastric bypass, gastric sleeve or another procedure— is right for you.
2. Consultation with the Surgeon
After attending a Surgical Weight Loss Seminar, you can meet with Dr. Roslin or Dr. Messina for a consultation.
Appointments are available on Thursdays at Northern Westchester Hospital.
For Dr. Roslin, please call 914.242.8350 and schedule an appointment at Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, NY.
For Dr. Messina, please call 914.864.4551 and schedule an appointment at CareMount Medical Center.
Prior to your consultation:
- Bring referrals and insurance co-payments to all of these appointments.
- Bring the completed forms: Registration Form, Notice of Privacy Practices Form and Patient Health History Questionnaire to your consultation appointment.
- Obtain insurance approval. Please call your insurance carrier and become familiar with the benefits and specific requirements for your approval.
3. Comprehensive Tests and Evaluations
These tests are conducted to ensure that your mind and body are in the best possible condition to withstand surgery and to anticipate any avoidable complications.
If you have any questions regarding the steps to bariatric surgery, please give us a call at 877.677.1077.
The following are required in order to schedule your surgery:
During this session we will consider active psychosis, alcohol/substance abuse, and mental illness. We will discuss your social and family situation and support systems. We will also review alternative plans in the event that you are not a candidate for surgery. In general, we will explore whether you are ready at this time to commit to the work of becoming a healthier you.
Our Dietitian will record your weight and height and review your medical status and health issues. Together, you will review your prior weight loss attempts, your expectations for your recovery, and your willingness to follow the NWH post-operative program. Your Dietitian will be with you every step of the way, from consult to post surgery.
During this test, you will consume barium contrast with water. Your surgeon will be able to follow the barium as it makes its way through your esophagus, stomach, and the first part of your small intestine called the duodenum. Your surgeon will be taking X-ray images to record the findings for your surgeon to review with you.
This test examines the lining of the esophagus, stomach, and upper duodenum using a small camera inserted down the throat. You will be provided a numbing spray that will help your throat relax and ease the process. You can expect little or no pain during this test.
X-rays of your chest will scan your heart, lungs, airway, blood vessels, and lymph nodes.
This test will check for any problems in the electrical activity of your heart. An EKG translates the heart’s electrical activity into line tracings on paper.