Our Program

Getting Started

This page is designed to help guide you through many of the steps that need to be taken prior to having surgery

1. Determine if Surgery is an Option for You

  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40

  • You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing obesity-related health conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes

  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically supervised dieting

2. Verify Coverage by your Insurance Company: We require that all patients call the number on the back of their insurance card and check to make sure the Gastric Bypass or any other weight loss surgery is a covered benefit under their plan. We do ask that you do this before you contact us to make your appointments.

3. Complete a patient questionnaire and mail to Peachtree Surgical Specialists 285 Boulevard, NE, Suite 440, Atlanta, GA 30312 or fax to our office (404) 523-2400 along with a copy of your insurance information. Upon receipt of the questionnaire; the office will contact you to arrange your initial consultation.

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4. A valid referral from your Primary Care Physician is required before your visit.

5. Make Your Appointment: During your consultation with Dr. Hixon, he will discuss and clarify your medical history, conduct a physical examination, and determine from a clinical standpoint if you are a candidate for weight loss surgery. If you are a candidate, he will then discuss with you the benefits, expected outcomes, risks, and complications of the different procedures. He will also address issues such as time off from work, getting back to work, support from family and friends, emotional and psychological changes, and the patient support groups and classes available to you should you inform him of such concerns. Write down any questions that come to mind so that your concerns can be addressed at the time of the visit.

6. Pre-Admission Testing (PAT): The process through which all scheduled surgery patients will register; have nursing assessment done, and Anesthesia consultation, (usually done within 7 days of scheduled surgery).


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