Whether you are considering weight loss surgery or well into your weight loss journey, our bariatric team is here to empower your continued success. Read on for answers to frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery.
Weight loss surgery is often considered when efforts to lose weight through exercise, diet and medications are unsuccessful. However, bariatric surgery is not for everyone. You must meet specific guidelines to qualify for the procedure and undergo a screening process to determine your candidacy.
Some insurance plans do not cover bariatric surgery. Please contact your insurance to see if they cover bariatric surgery.
During your initial assessment with your bariatric surgeon, you will discuss the best surgery for you. We know everyone is different, which is why we will tailor your surgery to meet your individual needs and give you the safest, most effective results possible.
Typically, you can expect to lose about 20% to 40% of your total weight within two years if you stick to a healthy diet and exercise program.
Preparing for your weight loss journey takes mental and physical strength. We provide an entire team to ensure you have the necessary resources.
Before surgery, you will work with a dietitian and exercise specialist to form sustainable healthy habits. Then, as you get closer to your bariatric surgery date, you will meet with your surgeon to ensure any questions you have are addressed and you know what to expect on the day of your surgery and post-operation.
The type of bariatric surgery performed will determine the amount of time you need to take off work and rest from everyday activities. The average patient takes one to two weeks off of work.
Talk to your bariatric team about your expected recovery time and learn more about recovery and post-op.
Costs depend upon the type of surgery, insurance coverage and post-operative difficulties that may occur. In many cases, insurance companies will cover the cost of the surgery since morbid obesity is a life-threatening condition.
Most insurance plans do require a co-insurance payment for elective surgery. This is different from your deductible.
Contact your insurance company to confirm that the surgery and any related expenses are covered.
Yes, and it can be easier to get pregnant after bariatric surgery . However, it is recommended that you wait for one to two years after surgery before becoming pregnant. Some patients may need to wait longer based on any dietary problems after surgery.
Once pregnant, it is important to work closely with your health care provider and a dietitian familiar with your weight loss surgery.
In some cases, it is possible to regain weight after bariatric surgery, and there can be many causes. Our Back on Track program can help you with any challenges you may have on your weight loss journey. Speak with your bariatric team to create a plan that works for you.
The amount of excess skin you have after surgery will depend on the amount of weight lost, your age, exercise and genetics. However, loose, saggy skin on the face, neck, arms and legs is likely to occur regardless of other factors.
Some patients choose to have cosmetic surgery to remove excess skin. However, it’s important to know that this type of surgery is not covered by your health insurance plan unless you and your primary care provider (PCP) can document that it is necessary to prevent or treat recurring problems like skin infections.
Dumping syndrome happens when food or drink high in sugar rapidly enters or dumps into the small intestine. After certain bariatric surgeries, patients are particularly sensitive to sugar, making dumping syndrome a concern.
Dumping syndrome is not dangerous but can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, a racing heart, stomach cramps and diarrhea.
To avoid dumping, avoid eating foods that cause it, especially on an empty stomach. A small number of sweets, such as fruit, can sometimes be better tolerated at the end of a meal.
Hair loss is common after bariatric surgery and tends to happen three to five months post-surgery. It is generally caused by problems with inadequate nutrition, including not eating enough protein, not taking your multivitamin or even from rapid weight loss.
Usually, hair loss is temporary, and the hair grows back. However, if you are concerned about hair loss, talk to your bariatric team.
Your diet after surgery will depend on the type of surgery performed. Immediately after surgery, you will have a clear liquid diet and will gradually advance from a soft food diet back to solid foods. You will need to take vitamin supplements.
Your dietitian will work with you to create an individualized diet plan that works for you.