A Guide to Medical Testing Before Bariatric Surgery

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If you are considering bariatric surgery, it is important to know what tests you will need to have done before your procedure. In this blog post, we will provide a brief overview of what tests are done before bariatric surgery and what each entails. Having an understanding of the medical testing process can help put your mind at ease and help ensure that you are fully prepared for your surgery.

Barium Swallow Test

The first test that you will likely need is a barium swallow test. This test helps to evaluate the health of your esophagus and stomach. It also helps to identify any potential problems that could interfere with your surgery or recovery.


The next step is usually an EKG, which is a test that measures the electrical activity of your heart. This test can help to rule out any underlying heart conditions that could complicate your surgery.

Exercise Stress Test

Another important test is an exercise stress test. This test helps to assess how well your body handles physical activity. It can help determine if you are healthy enough for surgery and whether there are any risks associated with undergoing the procedure. One final common pre-surgery test is an ultrasound. This imaging test helps to assess the health of your liver and gallbladder.

Thyroid Test and Complete Blood Count

Finally, you will likely also have a thyroid test and complete blood count done. This helps to screen for any potential problems with these important organs. Collectively, these tests provide a comprehensive overview of your overall health and help to ensure that you are ready for bariatric surgery. If you have any questions about the medical testing process or which tests you need, be sure to speak with your doctor. They can provide more detailed information and help put your mind at ease. Thanks for reading!

Do You Need to Get These Tests in the U.S.?

Not when you choose Dr. Jalil. As part of your comprehensive package, your tests before bariatric surgery are included in the cost of your surgery. We will pick you up from your hotel and take you to the laboratory for all of your testing, then bring you back to your hotel. As soon as the results are in, our Tijuana bariatric surgery center will contact you to let you know if it’s all green lights for your surgery.

What about psychological evaluations? Read How To Pass A Pre-Bariatric Surgery Psych Evaluation.

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