Notice: Users may be experiencing issues with displaying some pages on stanfordhealthcare.org. We are working closely with our technical teams to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
Six months of supervised (physician or Weight-Watchers) attempts at weight loss with documented weights (insurance requirement), dependent on your specific insurance plan.
Nutritional evaluation and completion of food diary: Meeting with a nutritionist before and after surgery is critical. You will have no more important change in your life than the change in your eating habits after surgery. It's critical to educate yourself regarding how to best meet this challenge.
Psychological evaluation: We prefer if you meet with one of our psychologists from Stanford's Department of Psychiatry. Please keep in mind that Bariatric Surgery is a tremendous change in your life, and we want to make sure you're able to meet challenges. We also require that you be clean and sober from any addictive drugs for three years.
Primary care physician referral
Patients are current on preventative health tests, including mammograms and colonoscopies.