Frequently Asked Questions About Banner Estrella Bariatrics
Question: How do I know if I am a candidate for weight-loss surgery?
Answer: Are you more than 50 lbs. overweight? Have you actively tried to lose weight through diet and exercise again and again without success? Are you experiencing obesity-related health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, joint pain, poor leg circulation or acid reflux?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to find out more about the benefits of bariatric surgery. After surgery, patients enjoy a more active lifestyle and a new self image — free from the barriers of obesity. Even more importantly, our patients experience the positive health benefits of dramatic weight loss.
Studies have shown that bariatric surgery is the most effective long-term solution to chronic obesity. Those who choose this treatment option can expect to lose 30 percent of their excess body weight in the first six months, and 65-75 percent in the first year.
Question: How do I know which program is right for me?
Answer: At Banner Estrella we offer minimally invasive procedures that shorten hospital stays and reduce recovery time. However, bariatric surgery requires general anesthesia and should occur in a hospital environment that offers critical care if you need a higher level of care.
Unlike other programs, you will have access to ongoing care and support for three years following your procedure with no additional charge. We believe this kind of support is crucial for you to reach your full weight loss potential. It is important to us that you meet your goals on this journey back to health.
Question: Is this procedure covered by medical insurance?
Answer: In many cases, this surgical procedure and related care is covered in-part or in-full by your insurance provider. This is particularly true if you are experiencing life-threatening, obesity-related conditions like diabetes and high-blood pressure.
Please call our insurance specialists at (480) 829-6100 for any help in preparing pre-approval documentation. We also offer payment options for those who chose not to use their medical coverage, or do not have coverage for the procedure.
Question: How can I learn more, and get my questions answered?
Answer: We recommend that you learn everything you can about this procedure, its benefits, risks, and the lifestyle you can expect following surgery.
Begin by speaking to your primary care physician. Talk to others who have had the procedure. Also, be sure to attend a free informational session at Banner Estrella. You will have an opportunity to speak directly with a surgeon during these educational seminars. Find out about upcoming sessions, or by calling (602) 230-CARE (2273).
Do you have additional questions? Please e-mail us.