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Weight Loss Surgery — 4 Easy Steps

Have you been struggling with your weight for much of your life? Summa’s Bariatric Care Center wants to help you make a change. Our program’s comprehensive, team-based approach to weight loss surgery focuses on your individual needs. Simply follow our easy 4-step process to get started on your pathway to surgery.

Step 1 Contact the Bariatric Care Center

Summa's Bariatric Care Center welcomes your interest in our Surgical Weight Loss Management program. Call Summa’s Bariatric Care Center at 888-900-6251. During this phone conversation, we will:

  • Provide more details about our process
  • Answer any questions you may have
  • Discuss insurance options
  • Schedule your introductory visit (Step 2)
  • Explain the requirement for viewing our weight loss surgery patient education seminar and attendance options
We strongly encourage you to contact your insurance company prior to this call to determine if you have the weight loss surgery benefit on your plan.

Step 2 Attend Introductory Visit

For your Introductory Visit, you will come to the Weight Management Classroom on the first floor of 95 Arch Street in the Richard M. and Yvonne Hamlin Pavilion on Summa Akron City Hospital’s campus in Akron, Ohio. During this visit you will complete documentation needed for your surgical evaluation and we will verify your insurance benefits. As long as there are no issues with your insurance, you have completed the seminar requirement and you are able to complete all of the requested forms, you should leave your introductory visit with the date and time of your surgical evaluation.

All patients are required to view our weight loss surgery patient education seminar before scheduling a one-on-one evaluation with a surgeon. You can participate in a seminar in one of two ways:

Online Seminar

Summa's Weight Loss Surgery Online Seminar is a taped version of an in-person seminar conducted by Summa’s Bariatric Care Center.

Watch the online seminar below. At the end of the online weight loss surgery seminar video, you will be asked to click a link which will take you to an online form. Please complete the form with the information requested. If you do not fill out the form, you will need to either view the seminar again or attend a live seminar.

Note: If you choose to watch the online video, you do not need to attend a live weight loss surgery seminar.

Watch The Online Seminar

In-Person Seminar

Attend a seminar and meet one of Summa Health System’s fellowship trained bariatric surgeons.

  • John Zografakis, M.D., FACS, Medical Director
  • Adrian Dan, M.D., FACS, Associate Medical Director
  • Mark Pozsgay, D.O., Program Surgeon

A member of Summa's Bariatric Care Center staff will also be on hand to answer your questions about our comprehensive program, which includes an individualized evaluation of each patient, a standardized approach to surgery and post operative care, on-going and long-term follow up and support, and the compassion and personalized attention that you deserve.

Due to limited seating, advance registration is required. If you are NOT a current patient of Summa’s Bariatric Care Center, reserve your seat by registering online or calling 888-900-6251.

Register for Our In-Person Seminar

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Weight Loss Surgery Seminar Schedule

All live weight loss surgery seminars begin at 6:00 p.m. The seminars take place on the Summa Akron City Hospital campus in the basement PODS of the Professional Center South building (55 Arch Street) unless otherwise noted. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to register.

Upcoming Seminars:

  • Thursday, February 12, 2015
  • Wednesday, March 11, 2015
  • Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • Wednesday, May 13, 2015
  • Thursday, June 11, 2015
  • Wednesday, July 8, 2015
  • Thursday, August 13, 2015
  • Thursday, September 10, 2015
  • Thursday, October 8, 2015
  • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
  • Thursday, December 10, 2015

(If you have insurance or program questions after viewing the seminar, bring them to discuss at your introductory visit. If you have clinical questions, please hold them until the surgical evaluation.)

Still have questions? Fill out the following form and a staff member will contact you.

Surgical Weight Loss Program Inquiry

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Step 3 Attend Surgical Evaluation

During this visit you will sit down one-on-one with the surgeon for an evaluation. This is your opportunity to ask clinical questions. Summa’s bariatric surgeons are board-certified in general surgery and fellowship- trained in advanced laparoscopic and bariatric surgery. The team has completed more than 2,000 minimally invasive weight loss surgeries with excellent outcomes.

Your surgeon will:

  • Review your medical history and determine whether surgery is an option for you
  • Explain the types of surgical procedures available
  • Help you decide which procedure is the best choice for you
  • Answer any clinical question that you have about weight loss surgery

Step 4 Enrollment

Once you have completed the initial evaluation and have been cleared by your surgeon to proceed with pre-operative testing, you are ready to enroll in the program. You may be able to enroll on the date of your surgical evaluation.

Following enrollment:

  • An initial scheduling packet will be prepared for you based upon your surgeon’s orders.
  • You will undergo a series of tests and assessments, as ordered by your surgeon based upon your medical history and the requirements of your insurance company.
  • You may need to complete monthly physician-supervised diet and exercise visits if requested by your insurance. If so, these will be scheduled for you.
  • Our interdisciplinary team will meet during the pre-operative process to review your progress. The team assesses whether special instruction, clarification, or additional support is needed. The recommendations of the team are forwarded to your surgeon, who makes the final decision about your eligibility and readiness for surgery.