Patients’ Corner

Patients’ Corner

Is Weight Loss Surgery for Me?

Weight Loss Surgery is not for everyone. These surgeries and procedures are intended for people who have not had success with other medical weight loss therapies and who are approximately 100 pounds or more overweight/have a Body Mass Index of 30 or greater. Most insurance companies propose that a patient have a Body Mass Index of 35 or greater with additional co-morbidities such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, sleep disorders, reflux disease, and/or osteoarthritis.

Important Considerations

Weight Loss Surgery should not be considered until you have discussed all options with your surgeon and determined the best pathway and type of surgery to establish long-term success. Patients must also commit to lifelong follow-up care with a certified bariatric surgeon to ensure adequate weight loss as well as appropriate care specific to bariatric needs.

Some insurances benefits cover the surgery once their set pre-operative pathway for clearances and preparations is completed and filed. A person without insurance coverage may still be a candidate and have financing options available.

To learn more about your candidacy for weight loss surgery, you can use this BMI calculator here.

Success Stories

Patients begin their journey before surgery. This helps them prepare for long-term success, and our program exists to celebrate all victories. Non-scale victories are so very important, and they will help guide a patient for sustaining their new healthy behaviors.

Check out what our patients have to say.

Samantha's Story

Jairo's Story

Towanna's Story

Diet Overview

Your surgical team will provide instructions and recommendations for diet prior to surgery. Having a guide for lifelong eating is key to your success. Most importantly following all instructions in detail and not progressive diet phases too quickly is for your safety and healing. Surgery is the “tool” which allows a patient the opportunity to adopt healthier habits and learn new skills for food choices and preparations.

After surgery taste may change, sensations during eating may change, but focusing of a healthy variety supports weight management and reduces risk for disease. Each phase of diet is intended to allow your staple line from surgery heal and decrease complications or side effects. It is for your SAFETY!

Click here to see the Diet Phases for Success with Weight Loss Surgery

Maintaining a healthy diet through aging supports you to maintain a healthy weight.