Frequently asked questions about weight loss surgery

Weight loss surgery is a big decision and we know you have a lot of questions. Below, our doctors answer some of the most common questions we receive.
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  2. How do I know I'm ready for weight loss surgery?
  3. What is the process leading up to surgery? 
  4. How do I choose a surgeon?
  5. How do I choose which bariatric surgery to have?
  6. Will I have to change my diet and lifestyle?
  7. How often will I see a dietitian?  
  8. How long will I stay in the hospital following surgery? 
  9. How soon will I lose weight after surgery? 
  10. Will I need to take vitamins and supplements?
  11. Do I come back to the clinic after surgery? 
How do I know if I qualify for bariatric surgery? 
We follow the National Institute of Health guidelines for obesity surgery. These qualifications state you must meet a minimum BMI requirement. If you have a BMI of 40 or higher, you may qualify for surgery. You may also qualify if you have a BMI of 35 or higher and also a chronic health condition like GERD, degenerative joint disease, or sleep apnea. There are also other chronic health conditions that may help you qualify.

We encourage you to talk about your health problems or concerns with your primary care doctor. Together, you may decide to explore weight loss surgery. We offer several ways to learn about your options, including an online seminar and in-person informational session.

How do I start the process? 
If you are thinking about having weight loss surgery, there are a few suggestions to help you on your journey. You can attend an informational meeting at Fairview Southdale Hospital or view an online seminar.

You can also join our support group, which often includes people considering surgery and those who’ve had weight loss surgery already. Contact us for more information about this group.

To explore the right surgical option for you, schedule a consultation with one of our weight loss surgeons. We’ll discuss your goals and medical history and determine which procedure is right for you. You also will meet with a dietitian to learn more about the nutritional changes you’ll need to make before and after surgery to ensure your long-term success.

Will insurance cover weight loss surgery? 
Most insurance companies do provide coverage for weight loss surgery; however, you will need to verify with your carrier directly.

After an initial consultation with a surgeon, a letter is sent to your insurance carrier to start the approval process. It can take up to a month or longer to get approval. Our schedulers can work with you to help with the preauthorization process.
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