Frequently Asked Questions About Bariatric Weight Loss Surgery
Here are some FAQ’s which will help you to know more about surgical and non-surgical procedures.
We accept all major insurances. Very rarely is insurance denied.
If your Body Mass Index (BMI) is greater than 40 than yes. If your BMI is 35-40 you need at least one other medical comorbidity including high blood pressure, diabetes, sleep apnea or hyperlipidemia.
Patients can be seen immediately. We are accepting new patients at this time.
This depends on your insurance, but the usual time frame is anywhere between 3 and 12 months. Most programs are 6 to 12 months. These appointments can be done through our office and are free of charge.
This question is answered on an individual basis and depends highly on the patient’s medical history. Both operations can allow patients to lose a significant amount of weight.
Across the US, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is being performed at a rate of about 61% while the bypass is being performed at a rate of about 17%. The band and the duodenal switch account for less than 2% of the operations.
Both the sleeve gastrectomy and the gastric bypass offer similar efficacy for weight loss at 5 years.
Most patients will have some form of weight regained at around 5 years. This amount should not be more than around 10%. A patient gaining all of their pre-operative weight back is relatively rare but occurs more frequently in patients undergoing a sleeve than a bypass.
Although both operations will improve your diabetes, the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass is more effective than the sleeve on average.
Both operations are extremely safe with minimal risk factors but the risk of adverse events is slightly higher in the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass group.
Patients spend 1 night in the hospital after surgery and are discharged the next day. Pain can last up to 2 weeks on average.
Most patients can return to work after 1 week. The only restriction is to not lift anything over 10 lbs for 6 weeks. Otherwise, patients can go back to exercising and doing any cardiovascular work besides lifting.
The liquid diet is extremely important because it allows the patient’s liver to shrink prior to surgery. Patients that do not diet prior to surgery can have more complications and they may even have their operation cancelled. All patients are required to diet for a minimum of 2 weeks before the day of their surgery.
You will be surrounded by a team of professionals to help you with every facet of this journey. I will also provide you with my direct mobile number, as I want you to be as comfortable as possible.
I see patients any time they need after surgery and at regular intervals at 2 weeks, 6 weeks, 4 months, 6 months and 1 year. Yearly follow up after that is highly recommended.
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