When considering bariatric surgery, it’s only natural to have weight loss questions. This list of common questions and answers can help you get started on the right track.
How can I learn more about weight loss surgery?
Omaha Gastric Bypass offers weight loss surgery seminars to help prospective patients to learn more. Click here or call 402-572-3663 to register for a seminar.
What should I bring to the seminar?
At the seminar, you should be prepared with your insurance card, physician contact information, and a calendar of availability. At the seminar, you will have the opportunity to make an appointment with the bariatric coordinator. If interested, you may bring a support person or family member with you.
Will my insurance cover surgery?
Many insurance plans do cover weight loss surgery, but some will not. Prior to beginning the consultation process, you should call your insurance company to ask about coverage specifics. Be sure to also request coverage details, including any medical requirements that must be met. For example, some companies will request additional steps, like psychological evaluations or a medically supervised diet and exercise program.
What can I do if my insurance company doesn’t cover surgery?
If your insurance does not cover surgery, there may be additional options. Contact the surgeon’s office or local hospital to explore third party funding alternatives.
What kinds of weight loss procedures are available?
At Omaha Gastric Bypass, several surgical and non-surgical procedures are available.
Will I have to change my diet after weight loss surgery?
Yes. After surgery, you will have to stick to a strict diet as determined by your bariatric dietitian. While the specifics will depend on your chosen surgery, many basics are consistent from patient to patient, including no soda, alcohol, or foods high in sugar or fat. In addition, patients are advised to take small bites and sips.
Who should have weight loss surgery?
Weight loss surgery is not right for everyone. As such, patients should be both mentally and physically healthy, with a BMI over 40 or a BMI over 35 with a secondary condition related to obesity. Patients must also be committed to permanent lifestyle changes, including a restricted diet and regular exercise.
How long do I have to stay in the hospital?
Hospital stays will vary from one procedure to another. For a gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy surgeries, most patients recover in the hospital for two to three days. For gastric band surgery, hospital stays average 12 to 24 hours.
How often should I follow up with the doctor after surgery?
Follow up visits will be a big part of post-surgical recovery and must occur one week and one month following surgery. After these initial visits, follow up appointments should be scheduled every three months for the first year, and then every six months for life. These visits are to ensure healthy recovery and long-term success.
How much weight will I lose?
Although weight loss differs from patient to patient, most people can expect to lose 50% to 70% of excess weight. In general, weight loss results from the dietary restrictions that come with weight loss surgery; with an altered digestive tract, patients must limit food intake, thus decreasing the amount of calories consumed. Patients who combine surgery with healthy eating and regular exercise are far more likely to lose increased weight and keep weight off than those who do not. Your medical team will help you create a custom diet and fitness plan based on your health, selected surgery, and weight loss goals.
Can I eat regular food immediately after surgery?
No. The diet you follow after surgery will be very limited and specific. For the first several days, patients must adhere to a full liquid diet before graduating to soft foods, like soup and pudding. During this time, carbohydrate intake will be limited. Your medical team will guide you through the specifics as they relate to your chosen surgery; for example, some surgeries run the risk of dumping, or expelling foods, while others do not. Working with a dietitian can help with your transition; a professional can let you know what foods will and will not work with your newly adjusted digestive tract.
If you have additional weight loss questions call us at 402.572.3663 or 402.758.5544 or complete our online contact form.