Becoming a Patient

Becoming a Patient

The best way to find out if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery is to attend one of our free seminars, either in-person or online. The seminars cover all aspects of surgery — from determining if you are a candidate, to reviewing procedure options and the insurance process, to adopting a new lifestyle.

Attend Our Free Weight Loss Seminar or Webinar
It is necessary to attend one of our free educational seminars to help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you.

If you cannot attend the seminar in person, you may view the online seminar.

After you have completed an informational seminar, you may then make an appointment with a member of our surgical weight-loss team to discuss next steps.

Please note: Sebastian River Medical Center is located in Sebastian, Florida.


Call Your Insurance Company
Check to make sure that surgery and the treatment for obesity, and weight-loss, are covered benefits in your plan. It is very important that they are not excluded in your specific policy. Criteria for coverage will vary from insurance company to insurance company. Secondly, you may need to provide your insurance company with certain information and codes to determine if the procedure is covered.

If you have insurance, please make sure to bring your insurance information with you to the seminar. At the seminar you will be asked to fill out insurance information so our insurance coordinator can call your insurance company and verify if you have bariatric benefits and, if so, what those benefits are. This process can take anywhere from 1-2 weeks. Our insurance coordinator will then call you and discuss those benefits with you.

If you do not have insurance or your current plan does not cover bariatric surgery, our insurance coordinator will be happy to discuss the self-pay options that may be available for you. We offer very completive self-pay packages and encourage you to explore this option further if insurance coverage is not an option for you.

The total cost to the patient for The Laparoscopic Sleeve can be as low as $9,900.00. The total cost to the patient for The Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass can be as low as $12,000.00. The fees for each of the options include the surgeon’s fee, anesthesia, psychology consult, nutrition consult, and the hospital fee. If there are unexpected complications or additional services or hospital stays required the patients will be billed accordingly and in addition to above costs.

Complete Your Patient Information Form
Please help us by downloading and completing the Patient Information forms before your first office visit.  You will need to visit our office so we can make copies of your information and submit your paperwork to your health insurance company for approval.

 

Call Us to Schedule a Consultation with the Surgeon
After attending a bariatric seminar and deciding that this is something you would like to pursue, please call our office and schedule a consultation with Dr. Domkowski or Dr. Radecke. During your consultation, the doctor will have an opportunity to go through your weight history with you, decide which surgery is best for you and personally go through your desires and expectations regarding the weight loss surgery.  Call our office for information at 772.581.8003.

 

Make Your Appointments with the Psychologist, Nutritionist, and Bariatric Coordinator
For the health and safety of our patients, we follow the National Institute of Health (NIH) guidelines for Bariatric Surgery. These guidelines require a Psychological Evaluation and a Nutrition Assessment before Laparoscopic Sleeve or Lap Gastric Bypass. You will also need to meet with our Bariatric Coordinator before your surgery. Call our office for information at 772.581.8003.

 

Your Pre-Operative Visit

Approximately one or two weeks before your surgery you will have your last appointment with Dr. Domkowski to review and plan for your upcoming surgery. At this appointment you will learn what to expect in the coming weeks after surgery. You will receive a surgical packet explaining your post operative course, what to expect and resources available to you. Please bring all your prescription bottles so the nurse can explain any alterations that may need to be made. We will also discuss the pre-op diet with you. This consists of a one week liquid diet. This diet is designed to make your surgery safer by reducing your liver size through a reduction in the amount of glycogen within the liver.

We want to assist you throughout this process. If you have any questions, please call our offices at 772.581.8003 so we can be of service.

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The best way to find out if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery is to attend one of our free seminars, either in-person or online. The seminars cover all aspects of surgery — from determining if you are a candidate, to reviewing procedure options and the insurance process, to adopting a new lifestyle.

Featured Testimonial

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  • After weight-loss surgery, Ken participates in a basketball league and has traveled comfortably to Atlanta in the middle seat on the plane.

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Support Group--You're Invited

Meet with others who are thinking of having surgery, individuals who have already had surgery, and people who had their surgery elsewhere. Everyone is welcome.

Support Group Schedule
Meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6:00 pm in the Dining room at Sebastian River Medical Center.

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BMI Calculator

Are you a candidate? Your body mass index (BMI) is a way of determining your candidacy for weight loss surgery.

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