Are You a Candidate?
To be a weight loss surgery candidate at Bariatric & Aesthetic Surgery Associates, patients must:
- Be at least 16 years of age.
- Have a BMI of 30-40 with co-morbidities, or a BMI of 40 or greater. Calculate Your BMI Here.
- If your BMI is less than 30, the Resolute procedure may be for you.
- Be smoke-free for at least 2 months before surgery and committed to being smoke-free for life.
- Have any current health or psychological co-morbidities well controlled and monitored by a health professional.
All patients are considered on an individual basis.
What if I do not qualify?
If you do not qualify for surgery you do have options. If your insurance company does not approve you for surgery, we do offer competitive self pay rates with financing available through the hospital. We encourage that you stay in the states for surgery versus traveling outside the US. Although it can be cheaper for the actual surgery, the cost and risk of not having any follow up, including the fact that there are a minimal amount of surgeons in the states willing to do your lap band fills and deal with any complications, you are at huge risk for issues and weight loss failure.
If you do not qualify because you are too high a risk for surgery, meaning you have a very high BMI or many health risks which can make surgery dangerous for you, there are options as well. Our surgeons may recommend that you join our 6 month weight management class where you can get one on one care by our dietitian to lose weight to achieve a safe BMI for surgery. Our surgeons are very hands-on and caring. They want everyone to succeed.
How often can I see the dietitian?
You will be asked to visit with our dietitians at least two times before surgery and then after surgery on a set schedule as determined by what surgery you elect to have. If you feel that you need more time with them, our dietitians are available for you any time you want to talk to them or ask them a quick question. The support and wisdom of our dietitians is vital to your success, so please feel free to make appointments with them as often as you feel you need.
What if my insurance requires a set time of medically monitored weight classes before they approve me?
There are a few insurances that require that you participate in a medically monitored weight loss program for 3-6 months before they approve you for surgery. At Bariatric & Aesthetic Surgery Associates, our dietitians offer classes in our office on a monthly basis that you can attend each month in order to accomplish this requirement. During these classes you have the opportunity to get prepared for surgery and form a strong bond with our staff before even having surgery.
Calculate your BMI here:
BMI 18-24 = Normal Weight
BMI 25-29 = Overweight
BMI 30-34 = Moderate Obesity
BMI 35-39 = Severe Obesity
BMI > 40 = Morbid Obesity
BMI, or body mass index, is a system of measurement that helps a patient figure out how overweight he or she is. A BMI of 20 to 25 is considered normal. 25 to 30 is considered overweight. 30.1 to 34.9 is considered obese. You are a candidate for weight loss surgery if your BMI is 40 or greater or if you have a BMI between 35 and 39.9 along with a serious health problem.