At Hays Medical Center your treatment is more than just a medical procedure. It is a complete program of support designed to assist you to New Health. New You! You will receive guidance through each step of the process.
1) Attend Seminar
The surgeon provides in-depth information session about surgical weight loss as well as answers any questions one might have on the procedures available. Our registered dietician will provide education on dietary changes that will be necessary before and after surgery. The program coordinator will be available to review the program guidelines and answer any additional questions one might have. Our financial counselor will discuss payment options. Advanced Payment Options are available.
2) Complete Health Questionnaire
2500 Canterbury Drive, Suite 202
Hays, Kansas 67601
3) Psychological Evaluation/Clearance
4) Insurance Approval
5) Support Groups
6) Get Moving
7) Surgical Consult
8) Dietary Consult
9) Complete Necessary Medical Clearance
It is necessary to follow the surgeon’s advice with regards to pre-op testing and clearances. All records will need to be faxed (785-623-5949) or brought to Southwind Surgical.
10) Pre-Op Class
For your convenience, we offer a package that fulfills the surgery candidacy requirements in one half-day session. In this in-depth, interactive session, you will spend time with each of the following professionals:
Our dietitian will spend an hour covering basic nutrition guidelines, label reading and portion sizes. Each participant will meet with the dietitian on an individual base to go over your current dietary habits, review your personal food record, and make recommendations. The dietitian will also cover the post-operative diet progression and supplement instructions.
Qualified Mental Health Practitioner licensed at the clinical level
Our QMHP will discuss the psychological changes that occur with surgery and how to best prepare for them using relapse prevention and impulse control guidelines.
Our Exercise Physiologist will discuss about the benefits of exercise both before and after surgery. Also, they will also focus on how you can get started on a regular exercise program. The package fee includes your one-on-one exercise therapy session through the cardiovascular program at The Center for Health Improvement. (Your one-on-one exercise session will need to be scheduled to take place on another day.)
Our bariatric surgeon will discuss the risks and benefits of surgery in addition to answering questions you may have regarding the surgery itself.
Will provide you with information regarding what to expect during your hospital stay in addition to your post-operative care.
11) Pre-Op Liquid Diet
All candidates must follow a strict liquid diet beginning 14 days prior to surgery. The purpose of this is to reduce the size of the liver and to maximize the chance that your procedure can be done laparoscopically.
12) Financial Counselor Visit
We require candidates to visit with our patient financial counselor(s) at least two weeks in advance of surgery. We also encourage candidates to visit with the counselor monthly throughout the process before surgery at 785-623-5572.
13) Pre-Admission Visit
We encourage candidates to talk to the Pre-Admission Department at Hays Medical Center two weeks before surgery 785.623.5818. We encourage a visit with a representative of Anesthesiology Associates of Hays. Pre-Admission testing will be done approximately one week before surgery.
Expected length of stay for Lap-Band is up to 24 hours and up to 48 hours for laparoscopic Roux-En-Y. If you live more than an hour away, we may ask you to stay in the Hays area for 1-3 days following discharge from the hospital.
15) Post-Op Clinic Visits
After either procedure you will return to the clinic one week after surgery for your initial post-op visit. In routine cases your next visit will be 4-5 weeks from the date of surgery. You will also have follow-up appointments with the surgeon at 3 months, 6 months, 1 year, and yearly there after. If you have diabetes or high blood pressure, you should make an appointment 10-14 after surgery with your primary care physician to manage these disease processes.