Preparing for Bariatric Surgery
OHSU’s bariatric program gives you a team of specialists to guide you through every step of preparing for surgery. Important things to know:
- Patient navigators will answer your questions and help you with appointments and forms.
- Your dietitian will develop a diet for weight loss before surgery, plus a plan for your new nutritional needs after surgery.
- You will meet with a physical therapist and a psychologist.
- The process typically takes four to six months after your first meeting with a nurse practitioner.
Bariatric surgery appointments
The goal of these appointments is to prepare you for surgery physically and mentally. You also may need to meet with additional specialists, such as in sleep medicine or cardiology.
Nurse practitioner: You’ll have a complete exam with a nurse practitioner. You will get a checklist of consultations and tests to complete before surgery.
Dietitian: A registered dietitian will review your eating habits and recommend a diet plan and behavioral changes. You will receive detailed information, including a notebook with lists of healthy foods and drinks. The goals are to make the surgery safer and to prepare you for post-surgery nutritional requirements.
Physical therapist: A physical therapist will evaluate your mobility, strength and endurance. The therapist will also help you develop exercise plans for before and after surgery. People who begin regular exercise before surgery are more likely to continue long term, research suggests.
Psychologist: A psychologist will help identify any emotional or psychological factors that could complicate your transition. The psychologist may recommend treatment, such as ways to cope with stress.
Weight-management class, first session: You will learn about:
- Mindful eating
- Meal planning
- Your pre-surgery diet
Test results: Schedule and complete required tests, such as a mammogram and colonoscopy. Fax results to us at 503-418-3683 or make sure your provider does.
Weight-management class, second session: You will review the first session and learn more about:
- Recommended amounts of fluids and protein
- The vitamin and mineral supplements you’ll need
- Your post-surgery diet
Your dietitian will arrange these sessions, both at the Center for Health & Healing or at OHSU Tuality Healthcare in Hillsboro.
Finish requirements: Complete supervised diet requirements and achieve the required pre-surgery weight loss.
Pre-surgery appointments: After you have completed the above appointments and classes, including any appointments to address medical conditions, you'll have three appointments:
- Surgeon: You will meet with your surgeon to discuss risks and to ask questions. After this appointment, we will ask your insurance company to authorize your surgery. Once we get the go-ahead, we will call you to schedule your surgery.
- Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine Clinic: You will be evaluated for anesthesia risk. If you haven’t registered for surgery yet, you’ll be directed to the Admitting desk to do so.
- Bariatric pre-op class: We will review vitamin supplements and what to expect before, during and after surgery.
- Hillsboro Medical Center patients: You will attend the same pre-op class, but your surgical, anesthesiology and perioperative appointments will be at Hillsboro Medical Center.
You will pre-register at least 72 hours before the day of your surgery. You can either:
- Call 503-494-8927
- Visit the Admitting Office on the ninth floor of OHSU Hospital, or go to the Surgery Center and Pre-Admit Testing Clinic on the fourth floor of the Center for Health & Healing.
Be prepared to give:
- Contact and emergency contact information
- Insurance information
- Your primary care doctor’s name
- Your surgery date
Hillsboro Medical Center patients:
A staff member will call you to get you pre-registered.
We will call you the day before your surgery to confirm your visit.
The day of your surgery, have someone bring you to the hospital, or take public or other transportation.
- Find information about getting to OHSU and around campus, or call 503-494-8311.
- Your check-in will be on the ninth-floor lobby of OHSU Hospital. Find information, including what to bring, or call 503-494-8927.
Hillsboro Medical Center patients:
- Find information about getting to the Hillsboro Medical Center's Tuality 7th Avenue Medical Plaza.
- Find other information, including what to bring.
Where to stay
Portland has many options for patients and families coming from elsewhere.
For patients 21 or younger, options include the Ronald McDonald House.
Some businesses offer OHSU patients a discount, so ask for the most up-to-date rate when making your reservation.
- Hotels and motels
- Bed and breakfasts
- RV parks: on-campus parking and non-OHSU parks
- Pet lodging and care
The Portland Visitors Association offers more options and resources.
- Register for our free bariatric surgery seminar.
- Try our BMI calculator.
- You do not need a doctor's referral for bariatric treatment at OHSU.
- Call us at 503-494-1983
- Email us at email@example.com
Bariatric Surgery Clinic, South Waterfront
Center for Health & Healing, Building 2, eighth floor
3485 S. Bond Ave.
Portland, OR 97239
Digestive Health and General Surgery
Hillsboro Medical Center 7th Avenue Medical Plaza
333 S.E. Seventh Ave., Suite 5200
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Free parking for patients and visitors
Refer a patient
- Refer your patient to OHSU
- Call 503-494-4567 to seek provider-to-provider advice