Education on healthy eating habits is a crucial part of successful weight loss surgery. We strongly believe that adequate preoperative education, support by dietician during early postoperative period, and timely dietician advice during later years is of outmost importance for achieving adequate weight loss and maintaining it for years to come.
Our dietary education and requirements are based on the highest standards with the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and are essential for your success with bariatric surgery.
We are pleased to offer the pre-operative dietician package to you at NO UP FRONT COST. This arrangement is for primary bariatric surgery patients, Lap Band revision patients, and bariatric surgery patients after Gastric Bypass and Sleeve with marginal ulcers, GERD, and hiatal hernia.
Patients seeking revision surgery after Gastric Bypass and Sleeve due to weight regain follow different dietary education and behavioral modification pathway.
Your Pre-Surgery Visits with a Dietician Will Include the Following:
- One initial one hour individual assessment office visit
- One 3-1/2 hour group bariatric education session involving training and education in preoperative nutrition and habits
- One three hour group preoperative education session involving training and education in diet, exercise, and postoperative expectations.
Prior to your first appointment with the dietician, please contact your insurance company to find out if the individual office visit and two group sessions are a covered benefit under your plan.
The codes the insurance company may ask for are:
1 – 97802 for initial assessment in office visit and;
2 – 97804 for the group counseling sessions.
Saint Agnes Healthcare will bill your insurance company for each visit. Any copays, co-insurance, or non-covered services will then be billed to you by Saint Agnes Healthcare. If the dietician services are not covered by your insurance plan, you will be responsible for a charge which is mandated by our contractual agreements. We will extend any allowable possible discounts to self-pay patients and insured patients without coverage of bariatric dietician services and provide you with proof of necessary medical service should you have FLEX or HSA.
Contacting Our Dietician
You may save time by registering with the dietician through www.Nutrition5.com, and clicking the blue time saver bariatric new patient registration button, and enter your information. You will then receive a call within 24-48 hours from a 240 area code phone number to schedule an appointment. If you miss the call, please check your voicemail for the direct number to call back on.
We look forward to assisting and advising you through the process of having surgical weight loss.