Getting Started

Interested in weight loss surgery but wondering how the process works? Here’s the step by step process from your first encounter through post-surgery.

Schedule Consultation
1.Schedule Consultation

The first step is to contact us to schedule your consultation with one of our surgeons. There is no obligation to schedule surgery from here. You’ll be better informed of your options and if weight loss surgery is right for you! Call 972-494-3100 or request an appointment online.

Insurance Verification
2.Insurance Verification

If you are planning to use insurance, we will collect your insurance information when you schedule your consultation, and our insurance verification team will verify your coverage and eligibility for bariatric surgery on your behalf. If you don’t have bariatric benefits we will try to reach you before your consult so you know what to expect.

First Consultation
3.First Consultation

During your initial consultation, you will meet with one of our doctors who will provide a comprehensive explanation of the surgery options, and listen to what your specific needs and wants are from surgery. A thorough medical evaluation will be performed and any tests will be ordered that are needed to determine the most effective solution for you.

Insurance Coordinator
4.Insurance Coordinator

If you have bariatric coverage, some insurance companies have specific requests for their members in the months leading up to surgery. Our insurance coordinator will work with you to make sure you have the support and understanding you need to complete the necessary steps and get ready for your procedure.

Patient Care Advocates
5.Patient Care Advocates

Our patient care advocates are medical assistants and your 1:1 concierge leading up to surgery. They will help coordinate appointments and address any questions you have along the way. They are dedicated to providing assistance on your pre-op journey, but are also available post-op and beyond for support as needed.


Today is the day! When you arrive at the hospital or surgery center, the surgery team will meet with you to review the procedure and address any remaining questions. This ensures that you are fully comfortable before undergoing the procedure and beginning the rest of your new life.

Post-Op Support for Life
7.Post-Op Support for Life

It is by adhering to the recommend post-op diet and maintenance plan that you will be able to meet and keep your weight loss goals. At Nicholson Clinic we are with you all the way and encourage you to attend all suggested follow up appointments and take advantage of all the support options we provide, for life.

Watch Denise Cleere, Nicholson Clinic Practice Manager and Donna Scoggins, Nicholson Clinic Lead Clinic Scheduling Coordinator, walk you through the process of getting started, from making your first appointment to verifying insurance coverage or going the self-pay route.

Prior to surgery it’s important to do your research and make sure you are ready. Here’s a blog on some other things to keep in mind before making the decision.

Ready to get started? We have various channels available to make it convenient for you to connect with us so that we are with you all the way. Give us a call or schedule your appointment today.