Preorientation Checklist for Bariatric Surgery

Orientation/Nutrition Class is an important step to prepare for weight-loss surgery at Rex Bariatric Specialists in the Raleigh area. We ask that you arrive on time so you hear everything the instructor shares. If you arrive late, we’ll ask you to reschedule. Classes take place Wednesdays at 7:45 a.m. or 10:15 a.m. Allow extra travel time due to high traffic volume.

What to Bring to Orientation/Nutrition Class

  • Completed paperwork from the folder you received at the in-person seminar or by mail. We’ll ask you to reschedule if you come late or without completed paperwork.
  • Insurance card(s)
  • Photo ID
  • Any lab work done within the previous two months
  • Any gastroenterology studies—such as an upper endoscopy or upper GI study —done within the last two years
  • Reports from any sleep study, completed at any time
  • Any gallbladder ultrasound done in the last two years
  • Information about your heart health from your cardiologist

What to Do Before Orientation/Nutrition Class

Confirm that your insurance plan covers bariatric surgery and nutrition services. Give your insurance provider the following codes:

  • 43644: Laparoscopic roux-en-y gastric bypass
  • 43775: Laparoscopic gastric sleeve
  • 43659: Laparoscopic duodenal switch (Some insurance plans cover this surgery only if your BMI is 50 or above.)
  • 97804: Group nutrition classes
  • 97803: One-on-one nutrition counseling

Financial Information

Expect to make a co-pay at check-in. If your insurance plan requires a referral from your primary care physician, you’re responsible for getting this referral. You will be considered self-pay without it.

Pay all account balances, remaining deductibles and co-insurance amounts in full before scheduling surgery. Learn about payment and insurance.

If you have Medicare, review our Medicare policy.