Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
Is Bariatric Surgery Safe?
Bariatric surgery, like any other surgery, does have risks and should be discussed with your primary physician and our surgeon. However, there are times when the surgical risk of bariatric surgery is lower than the risk of living with obesity and its related co-morbidities. That’s when surgery is ideal. Complication and mortality rates have been dropping over the past decade and laparoscopic techniques have further reduced the incidence of surgery-related complications. Learn more about bariatric surgery.
How Do I Qualify?
Qualification criteria include weight vs. height (BMI), the presence of health conditions, age and surgical risk, among other factors. We will perform a full evaluation of your condition after your consultation and let you know if you qualify under our guidelines and, if applicable, under those of your insurance company. See if you may be a candidate
Will My Insurance Cover Surgery?
This depends on the insurance provider, your specific plan and its exclusions, as well as the procedure being performed. Not all surgeries are covered and not all plans cover bariatric surgery. To learn more, we suggest that you contact your insurance company or speak to our patient coordinator for more information. Learn more about payment options
Why Do I Need a Psychological Test?
Psychological tests are not performed to determine mental health issues, but to ensure that you are prepared for the lifestyle changes you will have to make after surgery. Your body and mind will be going through many changes as you lose weight, and we must be sure that you are ready and willing to embark on this new journey.
How Long Will I Be in the Hospital?
Generally speaking, the average patient will leave the hospital on the same day for gastric banding procedures and the next day for gastric sleeve procedures. Of course, every case is unique.
What Will I Be Able to Eat?
Immediately after surgery you will be on a liquid diet for approximately 2 weeks, then soft solid for 2 weeks and then move on to solid texture, healthy foods. You will not be able to eat what you did before, nor the same amount, as the restriction that the procedures provide will force you to eat less at each meal. Most likely, however, you will be able to eat a wide variety of foods. Learn more about the post-surgical diet and nutrition.
What Can’t I Eat and Drink?
There are many foods that will be off the table after surgery. Foods and drinks high in calories, sugars and bad fats are big no-nos. Carbonated drinks, alcoholic beverages and caffeine should also be avoided. To get a better idea of the changes in store after your procedure, you will have the opportunity to see a sample meal plan before you undergo surgery. In the end, the bulk of your diet will consist of healthy fruits, vegetables and proteins – and plenty of water. Learn more about the post-surgical diet and nutrition.
Will I Lose Hair?
Some patients do experience some hair thinning or hair loss after surgery because of the restriction of calories and nutrients. This is most often temporary and the hair should grow back once the patient’s diet stabilizes in protein consumption. Consult your dietitian to see how you can minimize the chances of hair loss after surgery.
Is Bariatric Surgery Right for Me?
In the end, you along with your surgeon will be able to answer that question. Every case is different and while some patients enjoy great success after surgery, there are many potential patients on whom we never operate because they are not ideal candidates. Your particular health situation, your willingness to work hard to lose weight, and the results of your testing will let us know if surgery is right for you.