How do I know if I am eligible for weight loss surgery?

Bariatric & Aesthetic Surgery Associates follows guidelines supported by the National Institutes of Health in order to determine a patient’s eligibility for weight loss surgery. Rather than using weight, we use body mass index (BMI) as a criteria for surgery – excess weight in relation to height. Individuals are candidates for surgery if:

  • They have failed previous attempts at weight loss in a medically supervised program, and
  • Their BMI is greater than 40 or between 35 and 40 with major obesity-related medical problems

Before becoming eligible for surgery, you will meet with our surgeon, nurse practitioner, dietitians and mental health provider for a full medical evaluation.

Is weight loss surgery right for everyone?

The short answer is no. Surgery is not a option for everyone. We only determine whether a patient is right for surgery after a complete evaluation and discussion with the patient. Because weight loss surgery is a life-altering procedure, we want to make sure our patients are committed to making the lifestyle changes needed for a successful procedure.

What are the risks of weight loss surgery?

All major surgery comes with risks, and the risks are different for each patient. During your first appointment, your surgeon will explain your individual risk level.

How much weight will I lose? Will the weight loss be quick?

The amount of weight you lose – and how fast you lose it – depends on which weight loss surgery you have and how dedicated you are to making the required lifestyle and eating changes. Patients who have adjustable gastric banding (Lap-Band®) procedures usually lose their weight gradually over 1-3 years. Those who have gastric bypass (RYGB) tend to lose their weight faster and plateau around 12-18 months. The rate of weight lost with the Sleeve Gastrectomy falls in between the rates of the band and the bypass. At five years after surgery, studies show that total weight loss is comparable with each procedure but will vary based on the patient and if they use surgery as an appropriate tool.

Can I become pregnant after weight loss surgery?

Under appropriate circumstances, pregnancy can be very safe after weight management procedures (WMP). However, due to the severe risk of birth defects and associated medical problems, including, but not limited to, neural tube defects, malnutrition, low birth weight, prolonged neonatal ICU stay, and even autism, it is absolutely imperative that you avoid pregnancy for the first 18 months (1.5 years) after bariatric surgery. Additionally, we absolutely mandate that you not get pregnant during periods of acute weight loss.

In other words, do not get pregnant until your weight has been stable for at least a full year! This is for the safety and health of you and your baby.

Will my insurance cover the procedure?

Insurance coverage depends on your insurance plan. For example, some insurance companies require a patient to be in a physician-supervised weight loss program for at least 6 months before surgery. It is recommended that before you come in for your first appointment you contact your insurance company to find out if weight loss surgery is covered. The staff of Bariatric & Aesthetic Surgery Associates will work with your insurance company to coordinate benefits. If you do not have insurance, our-self pay program is highly competitive. Click here to review self pay rates.

If I am interested in weight loss surgery, what is my first step?

After confirming with your insurance provider that your plan covers weight loss surgery, contact our office at (720) 851-1610. If you do not have insurance, our self-pay rates are very competitive and our financial advisors are happy to work with you.

Our staff will ask you questions about your medical history to determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. If you’re an appropriate candidate, you will need to attend an informational session about our program and will also be scheduled for a new patient evaluation. Please plan on approximately 3 hours for your first appointment.