Will my insurance pay for it?
Most insurance companies cover bariatric surgery. We will call your insurance company to learn if it is a covered benefit and what requirements are needed for coverage. You can also ask your Human Resources department for a benefit book to see if it listed as a covered benefit. Medicare, Federal BCBS and all insurance purchased through the Illinois Healthcare Exchange cover bariatric surgery.
How soon can I have surgery?
The time from when you inquire to surgery will be determined by (1) what your insurance company requires to cover the procedure and (2) the time it takes you to complete pre-operative testing ordered by your surgeon. At the very minimum, the process will take 4-6 weeks before surgery.
How much time do I need off of work?
Most people take 1-2 weeks off of work depending on the type of work you do. If the job is more labor intensive, you may need more time. Our staff is happy to complete any paperwork required for time off of work.
Can I get pregnant after surgery?
Yes! In fact, female fertility increases with weight loss. Many women choose to have weight loss surgery in order to increase the chances of getting pregnant. However, we ask that you wait at least 1-2 years after surgery before trying to get pregnant. You will work closely with your surgeon, dietitian and OB/GYN to ensure a safe pregnancy.
What happens to excess skin after surgery?
This is one of the most common questions patients ask. It is very difficult to predict what excess skin will look like after surgery. Some patients will choose to have plastic surgery to remove any loose skin after they have lost a significant amount of weight. Insurance may not pay for these procedures unless complications arise from the excess skin folds.
Is there a diet before surgery?
Yes. You will be placed on a low carbohydrate diet 1-2 weeks prior to surgery. Your surgeon and dietitian will review these guidelines with you at the final appointment prior to surgery. The diet is to shrink your liver before surgery (the liver can store fat), jump start weight loss and introduce you to the post-operative diet.
What is the diet like?
Achieving life-long results with any form of bariatric surgery requires work and commitment. The procedure will provide you will a powerful weight loss tool, but you have to eat and live in a way that allows the tool to work for you. Our most successful patients have committed to the following:
- Limiting processed foods, especially carbohydrates. The diet after surgery is “protein and produce.” At each meal we encourage you to choose a form of protein such as meat, beans, or eggs and add a fruit or vegetable to complete the meal. The benefit of the procedures is that you can fill up sooner without feeling like you need bread, pasta, rice or potatoes to be satisfied.
- Consuming calories in solid form. Liquid calories such as juice, regular soda, sweet tea, Gatorade, or high calorie “coffee” drinks will sabotage any weight loss plan, including after surgical weight loss. Solid sources of calories will be the best for appetite control and hunger suppression after surgery.