Bariatric Surgery FAQs
Weight loss surgery can be a life-changing tool for the right candidates. The innovative techniques available today for performing bariatric surgery have allowed so many people to get a second lease on life by overcoming obesity and adopting a healthier lifestyle. At Suburban Surgical Care Specialists/Kane Center, our experienced bariatric surgeons are committed to helping these individuals find the safest, most beneficial solution for reaching their goals.
To help current and prospective patients better understand weight loss surgery, our team has answered a number of frequently asked questions below.
- Do I need weight loss surgery?
- How does weight loss surgery affect my overall health?
- Will insurance cover my weight loss surgery?
- Is bariatric surgery safe?
- Will I need skin reduction surgery?
- Will I gain the weight back after bariatric surgery?
Do I need weight loss surgery?
If you have tried non-surgical methods of weight loss without success, and still suffer from obesity, you may be a good candidate for bariatric surgery. Although eligibility will vary based on the specific technique in question, ideal patients are those who have a body mass index (BMI) of over 40 with associated illnesses, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
How does weight loss surgery affect my overall health?
Weight loss surgery has shown to improve, if not completely reverse, a number of medical problems typically linked to obesity. This includes sleep apnea, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure. While losing a significant amount of weight after bariatric surgery can provide a number of health benefits, patients may be more susceptible to nutrient deficiencies. However, our doctors will recommend vitamins and other supplements to ensure dietary needs are sufficiently met. We also recommend periodic labs and lifelong follow-up.
Will insurance cover my weight loss surgery?
Many insurance providers have recognized bariatric surgery as a procedure that can ultimately help people lead healthier lives with fewer medical problems. As a result, many companies now cover a variety of weight loss procedures. Patients should verify with their insurance to check if they are covered. If they are not, our practice offers financing to assist in the total cost of the procedure.
Is bariatric surgery safe?
Weight loss surgery is safer than ever before. However, as with any surgical procedure, there are risks associated with bariatric surgery. Our team goes over these risks in detail during the consultation process, ensuring that patients are well-informed about their decision. In addition, our surgeons are highly qualified at performing bariatric procedures with optimal precision, and they offer a variety of minimally invasive options to minimize potential risks and maximize overall health.
Will I need skin reduction surgery?
Many patients who experience a major weight loss following bariatric surgery choose to undergo one or more body contouring procedures to address excess skin. This is due to their previous weight causing their skin to stretch to the point of not being able to return once the weight is lost. The need to remove this excess skin will depend upon a number of factors, such as the starting weight, amount lost, location of the excess weight, and the patient’s age. Many post-weight loss patients choose the option to alleviate irritation caused by hanging skin. In addition, this contouring can complete their transformation by revealing the body they have worked so hard to achieve.
Will I gain the weight back after bariatric surgery?
Patients typically experience major weight loss after bariatric surgery from adopting a healthier lifestyle of diet and exercise. Our surgeons provide post-surgery recommendations to help patients maintain their healthier size without regaining weight. In addition to focusing on nutritious foods and following a regular workout regimen, patients should continue to attend follow-up appointments with their bariatric surgeon long-term. This allows their doctor to monitor their progress and provide further recommendations on weight management as indicated.
If you have additional questions, or would like to set up a consultation with one of our highly qualified bariatric surgeons, please feel free to contact us.