Frequently Asked Questions​

Most Frequent Questions And Answers

How much weight can I expect to lose?

Most gastric bypass patients experience fairly rapid weight loss for three to six months after surgery. Weight loss slows but generally continues for 12 to 18 months after surgery. Patients lose an average of 65 percent to 75 percent of their excess body weight within the first year.  

Why should people consider bariatric surgery?

Obese individuals are at far greater risk of dying from obesity-related diseases, including coronary artery disease, hypertension (high blood pressure), type 2 diabetes and certain cancers. According to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), individuals who are obese have a 10 percent to 50 percent increased risk of death from all causes. A healthy weight for most people is defined as a body mass index (BMI) between 18.5 and 24.9.

How long will I be out of work?

We have had some patients go back to work in 3 days. Most go back 1-2 weeks after surgery, depending on the job.

How long is the hospital stay?

It is typically an impatient procedure, but some go home the same day.

What is the typical surgery time for Sleeve Gastrectomy?

The surgery takes about 30-60 minutes.

What happens if I am eligible and want to proceed with surgery?

Once you are deemed eligible for surgery and your procedure is authorized, you will schedule a date for a preoperative history and a physical exam.

Do I Qualify For Bariatric Surgery?

Because weight loss surgery is still “considered” cosmetic surgery, it can be excluded from insurance plans that are self-funded by the employer. Tell an insulin-dependent diabetic that now takes no diabetic medication after bariatric surgery that it is cosmetic surgery and see your response! I tell patients in my seminar that we do not do surgery so you look better and feel better. We do weight loss surgery so you live longer and live better. In keeping with the ASMBS position statement for low BMI patients, we believe the 1991 NIH criteria that insurance companies use to determine who qualifies for weight loss surgery is out-dated. We also agree that obesity is a chronic disease and that earlier intervention is associated with greater long term success. Therefore, we will provide the appropriate self-funding candidate a surgical option for BMI >30 with co-morbidities, especially with a strong family history of diabetes or metabolic syndrome. All of our insurance candidates must have a BMI of 35.

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