Choosing Weight Loss Surgery
Deciding if having bariatric surgery is the right path for you is not a choice to take lightly. Bariatric surgery is not a quick fix, but a lifelong commitment to changing your life. It is our goal for you to feel well informed and prepared before making your choice. Read on below for an overview of what you need to know to get started.
- Paying For Bariatric Surgery
- Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
- Weight Loss Expectations
- Attend an In-Person Seminar or
- Watch Our Online Seminar
Do You Qualify for Bariatric Surgery?
For most patients, insurance coverage for weight loss surgery is an important factor. This can vary between insurance carriers and policies, but most policies do have coverage for bariatric surgery. Our team will help to determine your specific coverage and policy criteria to give you a good idea of what to expect both financially and medically from the process. Typically qualifying accepted criteria for weight loss surgery are framed in terms of your health and degree of clinical obesity.
- Is your Body Mass Index, or BMI, 40 or greater?
- Is your BMI 35 or greater and you have diagnosed co-morbidities, such as high blood pressure or diabetes?
- Have you been unable to maintain a healthy body weight even with a physician supervised weight loss program or other supervised methods?
Our team will work with you to determine if you are medically a good candidate for bariatric surgery and determine what your insurance company may require for coverage. Should coverage not be available, we will discuss your self-pay options including financing.
How do I get started?
The first step in our bariatric program is attending a live seminar or watching online. This step offers an overview of the process, our practice, and all of the options available. Seminar prepares you to make the most of your first appointment with one of our surgeons. It will help you understand the terminology and start thinking of questions you want to ask at your initial consultation. Both the online and live seminars are absolutely free and are offered to you with no commitment.
Once you have completed a seminar, you are welcome to schedule an appointment with one of our bariatric surgeons whenever you are ready. Remember, scheduling your first appointment does not mean you are scheduling surgery, simply that you are taking the next step and learning more about your individual situation and developing a potential care plan. For some patients the process may require several months of monitoring or an underlying condition may be discovered that must be addressed. The timeline from seminar to surgery can range from a few weeks to over a year. We recommend starting sooner rather than later and keeping in mind factors like insurance requirements, annual deductibles, or major life events you may have ahead.
Click here to register for an upcoming live seminar or online seminar. Call our office should you have any questions. Our team is happy to help and we are excited to be a part of your journey towards taking control of your health.