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Referring a Patient

Referring Your Patients

The first step is to give us a call at 617-667-2845 with your patient's contact information. We will provide your patient with information about our program and invite them to a free  information session led by one of our bariatric surgeons. Or you can direct your patient to our website ( www.bidmc.org/wls) where he or she can learn more about our program, surgical options, and view a Webinar on WLS. You may also download our brochure.

Surgical Options

Patients are offered both restrictive and malabsorptive surgical choices including the Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band, Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, and the Gastric Sleeve. These surgeries may result in reductions of approximately 50% of excess body weight and great improvements of obesity-related health risks.

The Pre-Op Experience

Our team is dedicated to caring for your obese patients considering weight loss surgery.  Once your patient calls the office it will be determined if they meet the eligibility requirements and their first appointment will be scheduled with any one of these providers (nurse, nutritionist or social worker). Following that, there will be additional meetings including a visit with our medical director and tests to complete the screening process. Finally the team of obesity experts will meet to finalize their evaluation.

If surgery is recommended, your patient will meet with their surgeon of choice and schedule a surgical date. Our program has a 5 year post-operative follow-up plan for your patient, however we hope to maintain a lifelong relationship with you and your patient.

For More Information

If you would like learn more about our program please call 617-667-2845 or review our website (www.bidmc.org/wls). We also provide in-office presentations by one of our team members for an in-depth look at weight loss surgery. Just call the Weight Loss Surgery Center to set up a presentation date.

Thank you for your interest, referrals, and support of our program. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact our office.