FAST Track Weight Loss Surgery in the Texas Panhandle
If you are a person with obesity, there are many reasons you may feel a sense of urgency when it comes to weight loss. You might be suffering from one or more conditions associated with obesity that pose a serious risk to your health and thus need to be addressed promptly. You might be tired of the social stigmas that often impact people who are overweight. Maybe you’re simply eager to begin enjoying a healthier, more fulfilling life as soon as possible.
Whatever your reasons for wanting to lose weight, Panhandle Weight Loss Center in Amarillo, Texas is here to help and support you throughout the process. If you’re considering weight loss surgery, you may qualify for our FAST Track program, which condenses the pre-operative time frame and makes it possible for patients to take that first step towards a healthier life in a timely manner.
What is the FAST Track Weight Loss Program?
The Panhandle Weight Loss Center team can streamline patients’ preoperative appointments and clearances. This is not only more convenient, but also allows patients to spend less time away from work and home as they pursue their weight loss surgery.
Just 5 Days!
Complete all preoperative visits, surgery, and recovery in only 5 days.
No Referrals Needed
We make it possible to complete all of your preoperative testing and clearances here in Amarillo.
Multiple Surgical Options
We offer both primary and revision weight loss surgery through our FAST Track program.
We’ve worked with a local hotel that caters to medical patients to establish low nightly rates for our patients.
History Not Required
Previous medical weight loss treatment is not required to qualify for our FAST Track program.
Our Board-Certified bariatric surgeons are highly experienced and put patient care and safety first.
You’ll have a dedicated Coordinator to help you plan your procedure and travel.
Stay in the US
Get top-quality, affordable weight loss surgical care without leaving the country.
State-of-the-Art Surgery Center
All procedures are performed at the state-of-the-art, physician-owned Surgery Center of Amarillo
Your FAST Track Weight Loss Surgery Agenda
Here is how the FAST Track program works:
- Prior to traveling to Panhandle Weight Loss Center in Amarillo, you will complete a telehealth consultation with one of our bariatric surgeons. Next, a Coordinator will contact you to help you plan the 5-day FAST Track process.
- If you plan to travel to Amarillo from out of town for your weight loss surgery, you may be able to conduct some pre-operative testing with your doctors at home.
- One week before your scheduled weight loss surgery, you’ll have a phone visit with your Advanced Practitioner to go over any remaining questions you may have, finalize arrangements, and confirm we have everything necessary to proceed with your surgery. You’ll also speak with your Dietitian and go over your preoperative diet.
Introduction and Evaluation
On your first visit, you’ll meet your Dietitian and Nurse Practitioner for initial diagnostic testing. This will include the establishment of your basal metabolic rate (BMR), a DEXA body composition scan, and your cardiac clearance.
On Day 2, you will again meet with your Dietitian and Nurse Practitioner. You will be educated about the weight loss surgery process and recovery, your medications will be reviewed, and you will undergo a transnasal endoscopy to check the anatomy of your stomach.
Surgical Consultation and Pre-Admission
On Day 3, you will have a private consultation with the surgeon who will perform your weight loss procedure. You will also be pre-admitted at the Surgery Center of Amarillo.
Weight Loss Surgery
Day 4 is the day of your weight loss surgery. You will be discharged after the procedure. Local patients will be cleared to travel to their homes in the care of a friend or family member. Our out-of-town patients will stay in local lodgings for the night with a companion.
If you have traveled to Amarillo for your weight loss surgery, you will meet with your surgeon the morning after your surgery to ensure that you have adequately recovered.
Who is a Candidate for FAST Track Weight Loss Surgery?
At Panhandle Weight Loss Center, it is our goal to provide the medical treatment and support each patient needs to meet his or her weight loss goals. We understand that many of our patients are eager to shed the weight as soon as possible, and can help certain patients FAST Track their weight loss surgery process.
Candidates for our consolidated pre-surgical program:
- Have a BMI between 30-60
- Are in overall good health
- Are non-smokers (you must be smoke-free for 60 days or more)
- Must have someone accompany them to the surgery center on their day of discharge
Most importantly, candidates for any weight loss treatment at our center must be committed to the program and the lifestyle changes required for success.
If you are interested in pursuing weight loss surgery but not certain whether you qualify for our FAST Track program, don’t worry! We offer a full range of medically supervised and surgical weight loss treatments and will work with you to find the best plan to meet your unique needs.
FAQs About Our FAST Track Weight Loss Program
I’m traveling to Amarillo for my weight loss surgery. How long will I be away from home?
Patients who travel to Panhandle Weight Loss Center from out-of-town generally spend a total of 5 days in Amarillo for preoperative appointments and postoperative recovery.
Where do visiting patients stay while they are in Amarillo for weight loss surgery?
If you are traveling to Amarillo to undergo surgery at Panhandle Weight Loss Center, your Coordinator will help you arrange lodging and transportation to and from your appointments. Many of our patients stay at the Medical Center League House, a local hotel that caters to patients and families during medical treatment. We have worked out special rates with Medical Center League House, and are confident in the peaceful and comforting environment they provide for our patients.
Which weight loss surgical procedures are eligible for the FAST Track program?
For patients who meet the criteria, the following weight loss surgery procedures may be FAST-Tracked:
How much does the FAST Track weight loss program cost?
Patients’ final costs for weight loss surgery depend on factors such as the procedure performed and individual insurance coverage. You will be given a final quote for the cost of your weight loss surgery during a preoperative consultation.
Average costs for weight loss surgery at PWLC are as follows:
Gastric Sleeve (Sleeve Gastrectomy)
Pre-Surgical Clearances – $1,280.00
Sleeve Gastrectomy Procedure – $10,800.00
Total Cost – $12,080.00
Pre-Surgical Clearances – $1,280.00
Duodenal Switch Procedure – $16,900.00
Total Cost – $18,180.00
At Panhandle Weight Loss Center, we realize that cost is a concern for some of our patients. We work with a number of medical financing sources and lenders, and will be happy to connect you with them.
Is it possible I won’t qualify for FAST Track?
Due to the expedited nature of pre-surgical evaluations and care in the FAST Track program, this program may not be ideal for all patients. However, we will help you devise the best treatment plan to help you achieve and maintain healthy weight loss.
Get on the FAST Track to Weight Loss in Amarillo
Are you ready to learn more about how you may be able to FAST Track your journey to a healthier self? Please contact us today to schedule your consultation with a member of our Panhandle Weight Loss Center team in Amarillo.