How will weight loss surgery affect my current medical problems?
Certain conditions such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea and others are significantly improved or resolved shortly after having a weight loss procedure.
Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
People considering weight loss surgery need to have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 35 with associated conditions (as mentioned above) or a BMI of 40 or higher before they will be considered as a candidate for surgery.
Where do I start?
Attending a free seminar hosted by one of our surgeons is a great place to begin your weight loss journey. Patients are encouraged to attend a seminar, personally meet the surgeon and learn about their options for weight loss surgery. Our team of bariatric professionals also attends the seminars to assist in answering questions about the insurance approval process.
How long will I stay in the hospital?
Most patients stay an average of three nights in the hospital for a laparoscopic gastric bypass, one night for a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy and most LAP-BAND® patients go home the same day of surgery. Of course this may be different if the condition of the patient changes or needs further evaluation.
What do I need to bring with me to the hospital?
Patients are asked not to bring any valuables to the hospital, but may want to bring their own sleep wear, slippers etc.
Does my insurance cover weight loss surgery?
Every insurance policy is different; however, there are many policies that will cover bariatric surgery if certain criteria are met. Attending a free seminar is a great place to start. Bariatric team members will be there to guide you through the process and answer all of your questions.
What are my insurance carrier’s criteria?
This depends on your specific insurance plan. For example, most insurance companies will require participation in a medically supervised weight loss program. This is crucial in the approval process. You will probably also meet with a nutritionist and a psychologist. Insurance companies will request documentation for each visit, so it’s very important to keep all of your scheduled appointments. Even one missed appointment can mean denial from your insurance company. But don’t worry. We will be here to guide you through every step of the way.
Why does the insurance approval process take so long?
Authorization could take up to four weeks or up to six months, depending on your insurance, and the information that is submitted. The more information the insurance company has to review, the better your chance of getting an approval.