20 May Weight Loss Surgery Options
When planning on undergoing weight loss surgery, know your options! There are a few considerations that come top of mind. We’re going to cover some of the biggest questions we receive here at CBSI in this article. They deal with cost, type of surgery options (both surgical and nonsurgical alternatives), and where to look for a surgeon:
- Cost of weight loss surgery
- Which options are covered by insurance?
- What affordable weight loss surgery options exist?
- Types of weight loss surgery options
- What is the best weight loss surgery?
- How do you compare weight loss surgery options?
- What are the non or least invasive surgery options?
- What are the weight loss surgery options for BMI of 30 of greater?
- Alternatives to weight loss surgery
- What are weight loss options besides surgery?
- Are there outpatient procedures?
- Weight loss options after surgery – what is a weight loss bariatric surgery revision?
- Where to get weight loss surgery
- What are weight loss surgery options near me?
- Are there weight loss surgery options in Mexico?
What‘s the price for weight loss surgery?
Let’s start with the cost. Many patients will find that their insurance will cover the price of surgery if they have bariatric benefits. How do you know if you have bariatric benefits? Fill out a free insurance evaluation on our website and we will check for you!
Don’t have bariatric benefits? Don’t worry! There are payment options for weight loss surgery. We believe bariatric surgery is very important and our office will create an easy to follow (and easy to stick to!) payment option for you if needed.
When it come to weight loss, prices will vary depending on what you opt for. CBSI has the lowest self-pay rate for bariatric surgery in the country, which is why patients come to us from all over. This is really just because Dr. Brown believes in this surgery and he believes it should be accessible to everyone who needs it.
Weight loss surgery: the gastric sleeve or the gastric bypass?
We often get asked the question: what’s the best weight loss surgery? For many surgeons, and for Dr. Brown at CBSI, it comes down to the gastric sleeve or the roux-en-y, more commonly known as the gastric bypass. You should consider all options when deciding what weight loss journey may be right for you. There are also weight loss options before surgery to consider, such as a medical weight loss therapy clinic. For more information on medical therapy, we encourage you to visit the Peak Medical Weight Loss Clinic website.
It’s difficult to compare procedures because different weight loss surgery may be preferable to different people. The gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass are the best options for weight loss surgery because they are tried and true. Dr. Brown has been perfecting the bypass for two decades now, and has seen incredible results. Both of these options do require patient commitment post-surgery. There are new options for weight loss surgery, which we will dive into below, that do not require the same level of commitment because they are reversable, outpatient procedures. They are also much less effective.
Weight loss surgery: the gastric sleeve
The gastric bypass and gastric sleeve are probably the most popular weight loss surgeries that exist today. They are very similar procedures in the sense that the recovery time is similar and patients see lasting results. Neither procedure is reversible and both involve habitual change to achieve lasting effects. This means that you will need to commit to a healthier lifestyle post-op. You cannot expect to see positive results by having the surgery and hoping to consume food the same way you did before surgery. The biggest difference between the surgeries is the procedure itself.
In the gastric sleeve, the surgeon removes a part of the stomach, which results in a tube-shaped stomach, called the sleeve. Compared to the gastric bypass, patients tend to lose weight at a slower rate overall, but over the course of 12-18 months, can expect to lose up to 6—7- percent of their excess body weight.
Weight loss surgery: the gastric bypass
When people say “weight loss surgery”, it is often the gastric bypass or Roux-en-Y surgery that comes to mind. Many celebrities have opted for the gastric bypass surgery in the past few decades, such as: Al Roker, Rosie O’Donnell, Randy Jackson, and Chris Christie.
In the gastric bypass, the surgeon attaches a small pouch to the intestine for food to bypass the stomach. Patients lose weight slightly quicker than the sleeve procedure at first, but can also expect to see 60-80 percent of their excess body weight reduced by 18 months after surgery. Gastric bypass surgery is often recommended for morbidly obese patients, with a BMI over 45.
Are there non-surgery or outpatient weight loss surgery options?
Yes, but these options have not proven to show significant long-term results. Weight loss options other than surgery are less effective when it comes to significant change, and often result in complication. Procedures like the intragastric balloon, as an example, is a non surgery weight loss option. Patients must get it removed several months after insertion.
Options after weight loss surgery, like the gastric bypass or gastric sleeve, include weight loss bariatric surgery revisions. If you suffered complications from an initial surgery and have not yet reached your weight loss goals, you may be a candidate for revisional weight loss surgery.
We know that surgery is a big step, and other options besides weight loss surgery sound appealing. Just know that here at CBSI we take surgery seriously, and expect it to support your long-term health and weight loss goals for years. For those who have not seen their desired outcomes from outpatient procedures, diet plans, or temporary fixes, weight loss surgery may offer you another avenue to weight loss. Call our office to discuss the differences in options today.
What to look for in a bariatric surgeon
After deciding what type of procedure you’re looking for, the next step is finding the right doctor. Here at CBSI we believe that the “looking for a weight loss surgery near me” approach is probably the best in order to allow yourself the right type of support post-operatively.
Though the trend of weight loss surgery in Mexico has become more popular in recent years, there is no follow-up with the medical team. Should you have complications, or more likely, questions about your diet post-op, you’ll want to be able to visit with someone nearby. It’s common for patients to be interested in speaking with a counselor post-surgery. They use this time to discuss anatomical changes and social interactions. Face to face meetings are more beneficial for patients.
We pride ourselves here at CBSI on our full bundled bariatric care. Our patients see lasting results and a dramatic transformation. The journey doesn’t just end with the surgery itself, but involves a day to day commitment to changing your habits and your life for the better.
Call us today to discuss whether weight loss surgery in Denver with Dr. Brown may be the right fit for you.