What are my surgical options?
What are the risks of bariatric surgery?
As with any surgery, there are risks and possible complications. You can learn more about these by attending one of our information sessions, which is led by our staff of medical professionals.
How much weight can I expect to lose after gastric bypass surgery?
The difference in weight loss can vary according to the motivation of the patienta and weight loss following surgery varies. On average, 95 percent of patients of laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass patients lose about 30 percent or more of their excess weight in three months, and 85 percent of patients have lost at least 75 percent of their excess weight by one year. The long term weight loss is from 55 to 66% of excess weight depending on the surgical procedure.
Will I regain my weight after surgery?
Studies show that bariatric patients can have long-term success with their weight loss, but this is dependent on a life-long commitment to better health and adherence to the multidisciplinary program.
Some patients do regain weight, but the emphasis on education can help avoid this problem.
Will my insurance cover this procedure?
Coverage is dependent upon your individual plan and benefits. On your behalf, we will aggressively pursue approval, but we must first receive your completed patient profile and a letter of medical necessity from your doctor. This paperwork can be obtained by attending an information session.
How long will the approval process take?
Insurance companies have 30 days to respond to your predetermination request. However, the approval process can take longer, depending on your insurance company's requirements.
What happens to my excess skin?
The amount of excess skin depends on the total weight loss, age of the patient, if the patient smokes and how much the skin was stretched. Some patients elect to have plastic surgery.
How long will I be off of work?
With the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery, you can expect to spend about two days in the hospital and one to four weeks off work. The Realize® gastric banding procedure is usually done as an outpatient surgery. Gastric banding patients can expect to be off work one to two weeks.
What if I have had a previous bariatric surgery and I'm having problems?
The first option is to contact your original surgeon. It is preferable for the original surgeon to take care of a surgical problem because he or she is most likely to know the correct solution based on his/her knowledge of your surgical anatomy. If you have moved away from your original surgeon and need medical monitoring, we are happy to provide this care. It will be your responsibility to obtain your records from your previous surgeon.
What if my family doctor doesn't support my decision to have gastric bypass surgery?
Your family doctor's familiarity with weight-loss surgery will depend upon his or her training and experience. Some physicians are familiar with older, experimental weight-loss surgeries, such as stomach stapling, jaw wiring, the jejuna bypass or other procedures that are generally not practiced today.
We are happy to provide you with references from leading medical journals, such as "The New England Journal of Medicine," "The Journal of the American Medical Association" and "Mayo Clinic Proceedings" that state the benefits of current bariatric surgeries. Additionally, our surgeon will gladly speak with your family doctor if he feels you are a good candidate for surgery.