Will my health insurance pay for bariatric surgery?
Bariatric FAQ: Some insurance companies do have exclusions 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.
How do I know if weight loss surgery will be successful for me?
Only you can decide if bariatric surgery is right for you. Surgery is only a tool, since strict adherence to dietary, 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. However, if you are motivated to make these changes, surgery can have a great impact on your life, likely improving the quality and longevity of life.
What is robotic bariatric surgery?
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 allow for a more precise operation. Patients can expect to enjoy less bleeding, less pain, and a shorter hospital stay—meaning you can begin your healthy new life as soon as possible. CBSI performs all bariatric procedures robotically and is proud to have the most experienced robotic bariatric surgeon in the Rocky Mountain area. We offer a full range of bariatric procedures and can help you decide which one is best for you. Our team is dedicated to helping you achieve the results you need to live a long and healthy life.
What is gastric sleeve surgery?
The most common bariatric procedure, gastric sleeve surgery, or sleeve gastrectomy, 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, and because it is a single procedure with minimal risks, it is considered much more suitable for super-obese patients with a BMI greater than 50.
What is gastric bypass surgery?
Considered the gold standard of bariatric surgery, 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.
What is revisional weight loss surgery?
If a patient has experienced inadequate weight loss or complications from an initial surgery, revisional weight loss surgery could be the answer. Patients who have regained a significant amount of weight, experienced side effects or mechanical failure from surgery, or are still morbidly obese even after weight loss might be candidates for a second procedure. Our skilled and compassionate team can help determine if revisional weight loss surgery is right for you.
With the gastric bypass, how big will my pouch be?
The newly created pouch will be about the size of your thumb, with 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. That’s why it is important to follow your dietary and nutrition guidelines that we carefully outline for you.