Question 1: How do I determine if I’m a candidate for weight loss?
Answer 1: Individuals who are candidates for bariatric surgery will have the following:
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or greater
- A Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 or over, with at least one high-risk medical condition (comorbidity), such as high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea and others.
Candidate must also meet our program requirements, such as:
- Have acceptable operative risks
- Have failed attempts with diet plans, behavioral therapy and medical therapy
- Have realistic expectations and a strong motivation to become healthier
- Be capable of understanding the procedure and implications
- Be commited to prolonged lifestyle changes and long-term follow-up
- Become psychologically prepared and cleared by our psychologist
Question 2: How much weight loss should I expect to lose?
Answer 2: Individual results will vary, but often patients can expect to lose up to 40 percent of excessive weight in the first year, depending on the surgery type performed. It is important for you and the bariatric team to set realistic expectations and goals for a safe, healthy weight loss.
Question 3: What does bariatric mean?
Answer 3. The definition is a branch of medicine dealing with prevention, control and treatment of obesity.
Question 4: What type of insurance do you take?
Answer 4: We work with most major insurance carriers including government insurances such as Medicare and Medicaid. We will perform an inquiry with your insurance provider to determine your coverage. Often your insurance carrier will require documented weight loss before you receive approval for surgery. We will ensure you know exactly what the process is in order for you to achieve your goals.