Who qualifies for surgery?
Surgery is indicated when a patient’s body mass index (BMI) is 40 or higher. It is also indicated when BMI is between 35 and 39 if other obesity-related illnesses exist, such as type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, joint/back pain, etc.
You can ask your healthcare provider to help you calculate your BMI, or you can use our BMI calculator.
Will my insurance company cover weight loss surgery?
Many insurance plans cover most of the cost of weight loss surgery. Check with your insurance provider and ask about specific requirements. Our office will also help you figure out if your insurance will cover the procedure.
How much weight will I lose?
On average, patients who undergo weight loss surgery and make the necessary diet and exercise lifestyle changes will lose about 1/3 of their body weight within 18 to 24 months.
What type of weight loss surgery is best for me?
This depends on your medical condition and understanding the pros and cons of each surgical procedure. The right one is determined by you and your surgeon.
Will I still enjoy eating?
After recovery, patients go back to eating regular food, but generally in smaller quantities. However, certain foods must be avoided, and overeating can cause pain or vomiting.
Is it true that I will need to lose weight before surgery?
Yes, you will be placed on a special pre-operative diet designed to shrink your liver. This will provide the surgeon with greater visibility; making your surgery safer.
What happens to the excess skin after weight loss?
After weight loss, some patients may have excess skin requiring plastic or reconstructive surgery. Not all insurances cover these procedures.
What is the typical length of stay in hospital?
Typically laparoscopic adjustable gastric bands are done as same day procedures or overnight stays. Laparoscopic gastric bypasses and sleeve gastrectomies usually stay 2 nights.
How soon can I return to work?
Most individuals usually return to work within 2-3 weeks. Discuss this with your surgeon.
Can I drink alcohol after undergoing weight loss surgery?
Complete abstinence from alcohol is required for the first six months. Following the first six months, alcohol may be consumed on a very limited basis and only on special occasions.
Can I get pregnant after undergoing weight loss surgery?
During the first 18 months after surgery, your body will undergo many changes resulting in increased fertility. You should avoid pregnancy during this time.
What is dumping?
Dumping can occur after eating or drinking high-sugar or high-carbohydrate foods. Symptoms include: Lightheadedness, nausea, fast heart rate, sweating, cramps and diarrhea.
I often use food to manage stress, how will I manage after surgery?
Managing stress is important to your overall health. It is important to try different methods of relieving stress. You may also consider talking to a mental health professional if you feel you need additional assistance and guidance.