Frequently Asked Questions:

Am I a Candidate for weight loss surgery?

Patients considered eligible for weight loss surgery must meet certain criteria in order to qualify for surgery. This includes, but is not limited, to BMI >40 or BMI >35 with existing medical conditions, and a sound psychological capacity to make medical decisions and lifestyle changes.

To calculate your BMI, click here.

Is surgery covered by medical insurance?

Most medical insurances cover medically indicated weight loss surgical procedures. Each insurance, and more specifically each policy, varies in their degree of coverage. Unfortunately there are certain policies which include exclusions to bariatric surgery. Our team of experienced professionals will navigate you through this process.

If my insurance does not cover surgery, what are my options?

In the event where your insurance does not cover weight loss surgery procedures, there are Cash Payment options, as well as 3rd party Financing Options available for our patients.

How long will I stay in the Hospital?

The time of hospitalization depends on the procedure performed and your own personal medical history. On average most patients spend 1-2 night in the hospital after surgery. Less invasive procedures may be performed on an outpatient basis.

How long is the recovery?

For the most part we like to recommend 2 weeks of limited activities and postoperative care. However, it does vary from patient to patient, ranging from 2-4 weeks.

When can I return to work?

Depending on the type of work/profession that is performed by the patient as well as they type of surgery, down time from work required can vary between 3-4 days to 3-4 weeks. It is always good to discuss this during you appointment. Typically less involved procedures in patients with more sedentary and less physically stressful jobs will require less time off than the contrary. Some patients working from home can return as early as one week after bariatric surgery.

When can I travel after surgery?

Extent and details of travel should be discussed in your preoperative visit. Prior to travel, you should have clearance from your surgeon to do so. In many instances this can range from 5 days to 2 weeks post surgery.

Do I have to take medications for the rest of my life after surgery?

One of the goals of surgery is to improve medical problems, specially those that require our patient to take medications. In essence one of our motives for surgery is to decrease the amount of medications needed in the long run. Vitamins and supplements should not be considered medications, but rather adjuncts to a healthier lifestyle. They help us avoid certain medications, while keeping us healthy and nourished.  We do recommend vitamin supplementation for our patients, regardless of surgery.

Our nutritionists will discuss an individualized plan according to your needs.

For more information on Vitamins and Supplements click here (coming soon).

Will I lose my hair after surgery?

Due to the physiologic stress of weight loss on the body, many patients will experience temporary hair loss or thinning. Again this is mostly temporary, it may start 3-6 months after surgery and it can last for 3-6 months. Different vitamins and supplements have been shown to decrease this effect and/or help with new hair growth.

For more information on these Vitamins and Supplements click here (coming soon)

Will I need plastic surgery after?

Many patients are concerned about loose skin post weight loss based on "horror stories" that they have seen on the media or accounts from an acquaintance. The reality is much different and varies depending on individual factors such as excess weight, amount of weight loss, gender, age, race, post operative nutrition and exercise. As your weight changes your body will go through a process of transformation, and it will look different from start to finish. Many patients will not require or want a cosmetic procedure afterwards, others will. There is no right or wrong answer here. When a patient reaches their desired weight loss goal or after 18 months from surgery, if they have an area of aesthetic concern, then I recommend consultations with one of our trusted plastic surgeon colleagues. A minority of  insurances may cover certain procedures if medically related or reconstructive, however in most instances cosmetic procedures are not covered and become the financial responsibility of the patient whom seeks it.