How To Prepare For Your First Consultation

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Your first consultation represents a very important start to the weight loss surgery process. You will have been introduced to our practice and some of our staff by attending one of our seminars with Dr. Muhammad Feteiha, Dr. Joao Lopes or Dr. James Lopes. And while attending a bariatric seminar offers a degree of insight into the options, benefits and risks of each bariatric procedure we offer, it is not it does not mean that you necessarily qualify for bariatric surgery. In fact, a number of tests to evaluate your suitability for surgery will be performed in the lead up to the procedure itself. The first step in that process, is to sit down with one of our surgeons for a consultation.

During your consultation, you and your surgeon will delve deeply into the suitability of bariatric surgery for your particular condition and determine which surgical procedure is best for you. After reviewing your medical history and goals, you and your surgeon will develop expected outcomes in terms of weight loss and obesity-related disease resolution. Even more than that, however, this first consultation represents the beginning of a long-term relationship between you and our practice. This relationship will not end when the surgery does. Rather, our relationship with you will continue for many years after surgery in the form of regular follow-up appointments and support groups. Our practice will be a resource to help you celebrate your achievements and work through the inevitable challenges along the way.

You can make the most of your first consultation by come prepared to have a candid discussion about your life as it is now and where you want to be in the future. The more you share about your physical and emotional struggles with obesity, the more we can help tailor a plan to assist you in achieving your goals. And don’t be afraid to share your feelings. The weight loss process is as much an emotional one as it is physical.

We can’t stress enough how important this first consultation will be. And part of any successful weight loss program is an amazing support team. In that context you should consider our practice a part of your extended family as we will be there with you from the beginning and long into the future.

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Advanced Surgical Associates is one of the first exclusively surgical groups practicing in Union County New Jersey. And that is just the first of many firsts for ASA. For over 40 years, we have pioneered breakthrough surgical patient care in North Jersey in both general and weight loss surgery. ASA also offers gastric bypass, gastric sleeve and gastric banding to those suffering from obesity in New Jersey.
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