Due to COVID-19/ Coronavirus, Ultimate Bariatrics is taking every precaution to continue to provide the best health care by embracing new technology and practicing social distancing.
For the safety of our employees and our patients, as many of our staff are working from home as possible.
During this time, the only patients we are seeing in the office are those requiring hands-on care. This includes patients who need deflates for their lapbands due to pain or reflux. However, we are not doing inflates at this time. Unless you are currently experiencing complications, we are doing follow-ups via video conferencing, such as Facetime. We need to look at the risks versus benefits as determined by the Texas Medical Board and the governor’s office. We do not want to put anyone at risk of becoming sick.
We are also doing NEW CONSULTS virtually! Now is a great time to begin the process if you are considering a weight loss procedure. We can begin meeting with you online to begin your process.
If you have been pre-approved for surgery by your insurance company, we are working with everyone to make sure your approvals do not expire during this time.
THE PRIORITIES RIGHT NOW ARE TO:
- save resources in the event of an emergency–masks, machines, etc may all be required for COVID-19 patient.
- prioritize your safety–you can be sick for several days before showing symptoms, so social distancing is crucial to flatten the curve.
- prioritize the safety of our employees–we want to ensure our staff remains safe so we can continue to provide the best hands-on care for those who must be seen, so we are limiting any interaction that isn’t necessary.
- PLEASE STAY HOME— the best thing you can do right now is to practice good social distancing by following stay at home orders.
- IF YOU MUST GET OUT, GO ALONE–if you need to go to the store, do not take family members unless absolutely necessary. Limiting the number of people running errands limits the possible exposure points.
- WASH YOUR HANDS— often, and for at least 20 seconds using soap and water.
- PRACTICE GOOD MASK USAGE–your mask does not protect you, your mask protects others. If you wear a mask, please use it in addition to practicing good hand washing and proper social distancing.
- DON’T TOUCH YOUR FACE–this virus enters your body through your nose and mouth, usually after someone touches the virus and then touches their face.
- BE PATIENT–when you go out, please be patient and kind to the checkers, cashiers, and food workers. Do not rush them but allow them to do their jobs in the safest way possible.
If we work hard together, follow the guidelines, and be as safe, we’ll be able to get back to surgeries as soon as we possibly can. Please take care, be safe, and do not hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, or emergencies.
We will all get through this together. We can’t wait to see you in person again!