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I'm from Peru, Indiana my surgery date is April 1, 2014 having it done in Carmal, IN

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Hi Cherrybomb420

Are you asking about the introductory seminar at St. Vincent's Bariatric Center in Carmel, Indiana? Are you from Indiana?

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The introductory seminar at St. Vincent's Bariatric Center covers the following topics:

* The types of different Weight Loss Surgeries and their risks.

* Determines if you are a good candidate for the surgery.

* Discusses how to fund the surgery. (Which might answer your later question about Medicaid)

* Discusses the requirement by some insurances about a 6 month medically supervised exercise and diet program.

* Discusses the roadmap to the surgery including a visit to a psychologist, an evaluation by a surgeon and downselect to the type of operation, weight loss program, insurance approval, pre-op testing, approval for surgery and setting the date, a pre-operative education class combined with a post-operative regime (meal plan, Vitamins, Protein requirements, liquid requirements) and then the surgery.

At least that is what I remember.

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Good luck om your journey!!

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I went to the information seminar today at Madigan hospital in WA state. They discussed criteria for surgery and explained the 4 types of surgery done there plus the advantages/disatvantages and expected wt loss with each type. They discussed their bariatric pathway requirements which are nutrition and fitness classes and psychiatric and social work evaluations as well as any medical tests required for you as a unique individual. They discussed the plastic surgery options performed as needed after 1 yr. of weightloss which included yummy tucks and excess abdominal skin removal as well as other plastic surgeries they refer to outside surgeons. They answered audience questions and explained avg time completing bariatric pathway (2 mo.) and to get surgery date (3-5 weeks) after 1st meeting w/surgeon. Also monthly attendance at bariatric support groups is required while preparing for surgery.

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