Learn More about Bariatric Surgery – FAQs
Q: What are the effects of obesity?
A: The effects of obesity range from physical to mental, and can include elevated blood pressure and cholesterol, diabetes, sleep apnea and mental illness, such as depression. Learn more about obesity.
Q: How many people are obese?
A: It is believed that over 30% of Americans twenty and older are obese according to a CDC study.
Q: What is the cost of obesity?
A: The CDC estimates that obesity accounts for over 9% of all health expenditures in the US – even more than smoking. In real terms, the cost of obesity may be approaching $150 billion each year.
Q: Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?
A: Every insurance company, including Medicare, has different criteria for qualification. Generally speaking, you must have a BMI of over 40, or over 35 with comorbidities (co-occurring diseases); you must have tried and failed other weight loss programs, including medical weight loss; and you must pass psychological and physical tests. Patients with a BMI of as low as 30 with one or more co-morbid diseases may qualify for Lap-Band surgery.
Q: What are my other options?
A: While bariatric surgery is the only proven long-term weight loss solution, a proper diet and exercise regimen should be followed for everyday health.
Q: How much does surgery cost?
A: Depending on insurance and financing, costs will vary. Cash-pay customers should expect to pay between $12,000 and $25,000 for bariatric surgery and follow-up.
Q: How do I pay for bariatric surgery?
A: Various insurance policies cover bariatric surgery. You can also finance or cash pay. Please speak to us about the options available to you.
Q: What if insurance denies my claim?
A: You have the right to appeal a denied claim. Each insurance company is different and will have different requirements to appeal.
Q: How much weight will I lose?
A: Every surgery is unique, however we expect that, depending on the surgery, you should lose between 50% and 80% of your excess weight by following your prescribed food and exercise regimen.
Q: Will my high blood pressure be resolved?
A: In many cases, high blood pressure will go into remission.
Q: Will my diabetes be resolved?
A: In most cases diabetes will go into remission.
Q: Will my high cholesterol be resolved?
A: In most cases high cholesterol is significantly improved.
Q: What procedure is best for me?
A: Choosing the right procedure requires research, attending a free weight loss surgery seminar and a subsequent consultation with one of our surgeons. In the meantime, you may learn more about each procedure on our website: Gastric Bypass, Gastric Sleeve and Gastric Banding.
Q: How long must I take off work?
A: Depending on the procedure, expect to take 3-6 weeks off work.
Q: Are there any complications?
A: There can be. This is major surgery and has inherent risks. There are also risks specific to bariatric surgery. Please contact us or visit our procedures page for the risks specific to each procedure.
Q: What do I do about excess skin?
A: You may choose to remove excess skin through plastic surgery. There is rarely a medical necessity to remove it.
Q: Will I have to make regular office visits?
A: Yes. Bariatric surgery is an ongoing lifestyle change that must be monitored by our office. Have a look at our follow-up schedule.