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The Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens at Cincinnati Children’s provides a timeline for our program. Each patient, each situation and each insurance policy is unique. Information is subject to change.
Average time: One to three weeks.
Additional information: The patient and family are responsible for returning all paperwork in a timely manner. Once paperwork from your child's doctor is received and the patient insurance coverage has been verified, an appointment will be arranged.
Insurance verification is critical in the initial steps to our program. Our office staff works closely with the Cincinnati Children’s family financial advocate to verify that each patient’s policy coverage is active and determines the policy’s clinical requirements for bariatric surgery before the initial evaluation.
Average time: Three hours on one day (a Tuesday) with the team. ALL patients must meet with the entire team before proceeding with the next step.
Additional information: Your family will meet with the surgeon, medical physician, psychologist, nurse and the dietitian during this visit.
The pre-op diet and exercise phase of the program is a critical component.
Missed appointments, cancellations or no-shows will delay your process through the program, and delay surgery.
Average time: Appointments are on Tuesday afternoons or Thursday mornings. Patients are expected to return every four to six weeks for three to six months until a surgery decision is made.
The following criteria must be met at these visits:
Additional information: The purpose of treatment plans is for patient and family members to learn about calories and eating habits and to receive a personalized diet and exercise plan. The patient is responsible for monitoring daily intake. This is also an opportunity for our team to teach a large amount of information over several appointments. Patients who can achieve preoperative weight loss are healthier at the time of surgery.
Average time: In weeks or months, depending on your specific insurance benefits, the insurance process of approval for surgery authorization will be complete.
Additional information: This can occur simultaneously with Step 4 above. In this process, the program’s doctors write to your insurance company to request prior-authorization for surgery. Many times, more information is requested by the insurance companies to demonstrate that the surgery is medically necessary. We seek to most efficiently work toward this goal on your behalf.
Average time: Most of the obesity research studies can be accomplished in one to two days.
Additional information: Cincinnati Children’s is not only a world-class clinical facility, but also a highly respected research hospital. There are numerous ongoing research studies in our program that have been funded by the National Institutes of Health and other organizations. This is an excellent opportunity for patients and families to help us better understand obesity and outcomes of weight-loss surgery. Many of the studies provide compensation for the patient’s time.
Contact staff with the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens.
3333 Burnet Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45229-3026 | 1-513-636-4200 | 1-800-344-2462 | TTY: 1-513-636-4900
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