Morbid obesity is a complex disease, and as such, managing this disease requires the knowledge and expertise of a team of medical professionals. Your primary care physician is the first member of this team, and will provide us with details and information which will be essential in developing your bariatric surgery treatment plan. In cooperation with your physician, our surgeons and nurse coordinators will discuss your medical history, medications, allergies, disabilities, and other important medical issues in detail. As a result of those discussions, additional testing and medical evaluations may be recommended before weight loss surgery. Appropriate consultations with other specialists may be included in your preoperative assessment, and will be organized for you by our staff.
Prior to surgery, every patient undergoes extensive nutritional assessment and counseling by our nurse coordinators, nutritionists, and dieticians. A detailed pre-surgery diet plan will provided, and regular reassessments will monitor your progress. The preoperative diet plan is specifically designed to prepare your body's metabolism for the postoperative phase of weight loss, and to optimize conditions inside your abdomen to facilitate the operation. Changing your diet is a large part of this process. A majority of our patients experience significant weight loss during this period by following a recommended dietary plan.
One of the common co-morbidities of obesity is a condition called sleep apnea. In this condition, patients experience temporary breathing interruptions during sleep. The pauses in breathing can occur dozens or even hundreds of times a night. Symptoms include loud snoring and a gasping or snorting sound when the sleeping individual starts to breathe again. Although the individual may not be aware of having sleep apnea, the condition can disrupt the quality of sleep and result in daytime fatigue. The most common type, obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the tongue or other soft tissue blocks the airway. Treatments include breathing devices that keep the airway open during sleep, and surgery that reduces the amount of soft tissue near the airway. Morbidly obese patients commonly suffer from sleep apnea, and many patients are aware of this diagnosis before beginning pursuit of bariatric surgery. During your initial evaluation by our coordinators, any indications of possible sleep disorders will be uncovered. Testing may be recommended prior to surgery, and can be arranged by our office staff. The sleep center at West Jefferson Medical Center provides this testing, which is generally covered by insurance.
The Sleep Center is a comprehensive facility dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of various sleep and wake disorders. Pre-operative and/or post-operative Referrals are made to the Center upon referral from your surgeon according to physician assessment and patient history.
The West Jefferson Medical Center Sleep Disorders Center is located at the West Jefferson Medical Plaza, 4527 Westbank Expressway in Marrero, LA. Call (504) 349-6966 for more information.