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Congratulations! You have taken the first step in your surgical weight loss journey and we are excited to be a part of it. Here’s what you need to know. 


Getting Ready for Bariatric Surgery – Step-By-Step Instructions

  1. Attend a Surgeon Seminar/Forum.

  2. Get in contact with the surgeon's office for appropriate details.

  3. Download and print the Bariatric Handbook from the Bariatric Resources Folder.

  4. Begin attending appointments with your dietitian.

  5. Begin completing your medical and surgical clearances (EGD, chest x-ray, etc.).

  6. Attend Support Group (see details below)

  7. Watch the MBSAQIP Video.

  8. Attend the Safe Eating Course (see details below)

  9. Change your life!


Seminar/Forum Registration

If you have not already done so, please register to attend a Seminar/Forum with your surgeon. Here, the surgeon will inform you what to expect, the risks and benefits of the surgeries that they perform, and allow you to ask questions about the surgeries.

You may contact the surgeon's office or register here:


Class Invitations

1. Every patient must attend a "Bariatric Support Group" meeting before surgery.

This is hosted by Darci Crowley, RN BSN, Bariatric Program Manager at Methodist Hospital. This meeting brings postoperative and preoperative patients together for testimonials and questions. Research shows that patients who attend support groups lose more weight and are more likely to keep it off long term. One preoperative attendance is mandatory, but we welcome you to come back as many times as you would like. All are welcome.

Bariatric Support Group – Every Thursday @ 4:30 pm (excludes holidays)

Join Zoom Meeting with this Link:

Meeting ID: 916 423 5909

Password: 5909

Phone Line Call-In: 1 669 900 6833

Questions: [email protected]


2. Every patient must attend the "Safe Eating Class" at least once before surgery.

It is hosted by John Azevedo, the registered dietitian at Methodist Hospital, and is in addition to any dietary visits that you may be having with him. This course will cover the surgical dietary progression, tips on losing weight before surgery, things to avoid after surgery, and what to expect during the hospital visit and in the days, months, and years to come. Please ensure that you download and print the "Bariatric Handbook" from the bariatric resource folder before your attendance.

Bariatric Diet Class - Every Second Tuesday of the month @ 8:30 am, Every Fourth Tuesday of the month @ 5:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting with this Link:

Meeting ID: 916 423 6183

Password: 6183

Questions: [email protected]


Important Links

1. BARIATRIC RESOURCES FOLDER - Here you will find the Bariatric Resource Handbook, the slide deck for the Safe Eating Class, and other handouts and links that may help your journey. Please ensure that you print out the Bariatric Handbook, as you will be referring to it daily on your weight loss journey. 

2. VIDEO LINK - Please watch the "Educational Module" about Bariatrics before your last appointment with your dietitian. It is produced by the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP), the national organization that accredits bariatric surgery programs. It covers everything you will need to know about your hospital visit and discharge information.