Frequently Asked Questions About Weight Loss Surgery
What is the Gastric Sleeve?
The Gastric Sleeve is comparable to the gastric bypass procedure, but is believed to reduce the risk of some of the possible complications of gastric bypass. During the gastric sleeve procedure, a portion of the stomach is surgically removed so that it takes the form of a sleeve. This process will effectively suppress hunger and bring about a gradual but significant reduction in body weight.
What is Lap Band Surgery?
Laparoscopic bariatric surgery with the adjustable gastric band, also known as the Lap Band, involves the placement of an inflatable silicone tube on the upper portion of the stomach, which limits food intake and suppresses hunger. After Lap Band surgery, the patient feels satisfied with smaller amounts of food.
For many people suffering from obesity, the Lap Band procedure can be an effective method for significant weight loss, even when traditional methods of weight loss have failed. Surgeons often prefer the Lap Band because it is adjustable, reversible, and allows for a less invasive operation.
Are You a Candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
If you have attempted but failed to lose weight through supervised diet changes and exercise, you may be a candidate for this procedure. Most patients present a BMI (body mass index) of 35-40, along with one or more health problems related to obesity, such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, diabetes mellitus, osteoarthritis and other problems.
To benefit from bariatric surgery, one must also be committed to making long-term lifestyle changes such as healthy diet and regular exercise.
What Contributes to the Cost of Weight Loss Surgery?
It’s important to understand the different fees that are included (or not included) in the cost of your weight loss procedure. When you get a quote, consider the following details:
- Your bariatric surgeon’s fees
- Operating room & anesthesia fees
- Tests, Lab & X-Ray fees
- Filling & adjusting the gastric band (if applicable)
- Weight loss counseling, nutrition coaching, and support groups
How can I be sure the weight won’t come back after surgery?
Weight loss is more than a physical transformation—it is a mental and emotional transformation as well that requires you to make long-term commitments to a healthy lifestyle. To ensure our patients enjoy long-lasting success after bariatric surgery, we provide psychological support, nutrition counseling and an help developing an appropriate exercise routine before and after your procedure. Read about our weight loss surgery support groups.
How Much Does Obesity Cost?
You’re probably fully aware of the rising cost of healthcare in America. With extra weight, you’re likely to spend even more. Studies show that obesity increases a person’s long-term healthcare and medication costs significantly.
Consider healthcare expenses such as:
- Prescriptions and over-the-counter medications
- Visits to doctors, specialists and physical therapy
- Ongoing traditional weight loss programs
You may be able to avoid these costs by choosing the weight loss surgery to reduce your body weight. Service areas include: Los Angeles, Fontana, Oakland, Rancho Cucamonga, Ontario, Riverside, San Diego, San Bernardino, Rialto & Hesperia California.