There are some insurance companies that have prohibitions in their policies for weight loss surgery. An exclusion means that they will not pay for the surgery even if it is proved medically necessary. However, more and more insurance carriers now provide some coverage for bariatric surgery. And will at least pay a portion. We can help you determine what your benefits are, so that right from the start you know what your surgery will cost.
Check if bariatric surgery is right for you and ask your doctor if they recommend it. Besides surgery, your diet, exercise, and lifestyle changes are essential to long-term success. Weight loss surgery will only succeed when you make a life-long commitment to these changes. If you are motivated to make these changes, surgery will be a long term success.
Bariatric surgery has become increasingly safe and effective over the years. And robotic bariatric surgery has helped make that possible. Robotic bariatric surgery uses advanced technology, including computerized measurements, to eliminate operator error. And it allows for a more precise operation. We offer a full range of bariatric procedures and can help you decide which one is best for you.
The most common bariatric procedure, gastric sleeve surgery, involves removing a large part of the stomach and forming the remaining portion into a thin tube or “sleeve.” It is a fast and effective weight loss surgery. It is considered much more suitable for super-obese patients with a BMI greater than 50.
Gastric bypass surgery involves creating a small pouch from the stomach to which a segment of intestine is attached, thereby bypassing part of the digestive system. This limits how much food you can eat and restricts your body’s ability to absorb calories, making it a highly safe and effective procedure.
If a patient has experienced poor weight loss or complications from the initial surgery, revisional weight loss surgery could be the answer. Patients who have regained a significant amount of weight or experienced side-effects might be candidates for a second procedure.
The newly created pouch will be about the size of your thumb. It will have the capacity to comfortably hold about 2 ounces. With time, the pouch will enlarge to 6 to 8 ounces. But it must be carefully managed so that it does not enlarge too much too soon.
Following your bariatric surgery, it is important to be very careful about dining out. If eating out cannot be avoided, we have plenty of tips and advice on how to successfully “dine out” without compromising weight loss.
In the first year, most patients will need 5 or 6 adjustments. If you are feeling continually hungry and no weight loss is happening it is likely time for an adjustment. Alternatively, if you are not able to eat much of anything without feeling uncomfortable with vomiting, your band may be too tight and it may also require an adjustment. If you experience issues, you can contact us anytime.
While the lap band is an extremely effective weight loss surgery method for some patients, some may also experience discomfort, inadequate weight loss, and other negative side effects. Lap bands also require multiple adjustments. At CBSI, we believe your weight loss journey should be as seamless as possible. If you are experiencing uncomfortable side effects from your lap band, you can contact us.
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Yes, pregnancy can be very safe following surgery. It is recommended that a woman wait until she is 1 year to 18 months post-operative before getting pregnant to assure that her weight has stabilized. If a bariatric surgery patient does become pregnant, it is important that labs are monitored regularly to ensure that vitamin or mineral deficiencies do not occur.
We have always looked out for the betterment of our patients. At CBSI, people who are candidates for bariatric surgery will undergo a thorough team evaluation before any treatment. In addition, patients will have extensive follow-up by both the surgeon and other health professionals as they progress. We also provide and encourage involvement in a support group to assist patients in continuing to maintain their modified lifestyle they have chosen. Our patients are our top priority and we have been offering various care protocols to them.
Support groups are held on the first Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:00 p.m. Support group is an open forum that allows you to chat with other patients, discuss issues you are encountering, and talk with the nutritionists. Participation in the support groups is encouraged because they are a good way for our patients to open up about themselves. We look forward to you and your issues. Our patients are our top priority!