HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: HOW TO REFER A PATIENT
Obesity is a chronic disease. Weight loss surgery is an effective and enduring therapy for morbid obesity. Surgery alone is not a cure, but merely a tool to achieve healthy diet and exercise habits.
As a result, long-term medical care is necessary for the morbidly obese patient even after achieving weight loss. A close working relationship between primary care physicians and our surgeons is essential.
For interested referring physicians, a "fast track" exists for referrals and follow-ups. Once this relationship is established, referring physicians can count on speedy appointments and streamlined screening.
In addition, referring physicians will have both email and mobile access to our Director of Bariatric Surgery.
Physicians and other health care professionals whose potential patients meet the criteria of a BMI of 35 – 40 with co-morbidities or a BMI >40 regardless of co-morbidities can contact:
Robin Morello, RN
Bariatric Nurse Coordinator
(702) 671 – 5150
James N. Lau, MD FACS
Chief, Division of Bariatric Surgery
Department of Surgery
University of Nevada School of Medicine