What is Obesity?
Obesity results from the excess accumulation of fat that exceeds the body’s skeletal and physical standards. According to the American Obesity Association, Obesity is a disease.
What is Morbid Obesity?
Morbid Obesity is typically defined as beeing 100 lbs or more over ideal body weight, or having a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or higher. Morbid Obesity reaches a point of significantly increasing the risk of co-Morbidities that result in either significant physical disability or even death. Morbid Obesity is a serious and chronic disease. Treatment is available, and surgery is an extremely viable option for you.
What is the cost of this operation?
Please contact us and take care to fill out the insurance coverage verification portion of the form.
Will my insurance cover this operation?
Most health insurance companies will cover most of this surgical procedure. However, there are so many plans that it is best to contact us and to schedule an appointment.
How safe is this operation?
Like every operation, there is a risk. Because our patients already have health-related problems, there is an increased risk of complications. However, our team makes sure the thoroughly screen you to make sure that there are no surprises on the operating table. If we feel that it is not safe to operate on you, we will not proceed. However we will gladly work with you in order for you to be eligible for the operation. Your team will be behind you 100% before, during, and after the surgery.
How long will I be in the hospital after surgery?
The average stay of our patients is three to four days.
When can I go back to work after the operation?
This really depends on your job. If you work in a low-impact office, you may be able to go back to work after 3 weeks. If you are a construction worker, you may be able to go back after 6 weeks. Each patient heals on their own time, so everyone will recover on their own time.
Will I still be able to get pregnant?
We strongly recommend for you to not get pregnant during the first year after your the operation. Most of the excess weight is lost during this time. Your fetus’ health may also be endangered.
Can I drink alcohol?
You may drink beer and other alcoholic beverages in moderation after 3 months.
What can I do about extra skin and stretch marks?
Many of our patients opt for plastic surgery, but we recommend you wait until you reach your ideal body weight before any plastic surgery.