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Are you a candidate for weight loss surgery? Find out below.
At French Hospital Medical Center we have answers to some of your questions.
1. Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
To be considered for weight loss surgery, you must meet one of the following qualifications:
If you are interested in weight loss surgery, your primary care doctor must provide us with a letter supporting your request for weight loss surgery. If you don’t have a primary care doctor, click here. Many insurance providers, and all Medicare and CenCal insurance providers will require documentation that you have made prior attempts at medically supervised weight loss. Your primary care doctor can provide this in their letter.
To qualify for surgical weight loss, you must complete a medical and psychological pre-evaluation process showing that you are committed to adhering to long-term, follow-up care after surgery and that you have a clear understanding of the extensive dietary, exercise and medical guidelines that must be followed for the rest of your life. The requirements for weight loss surgery are listed below and we will review them with you as well.
Requirements to be considered for weight loss surgery are:
2. How long will I be in the hospital?
You could be back home as quickly as the day after your surgery.
3. Will my insurance cover the surgery?
You’ll need to call your insurer and ask if bariatric surgery is covered. Our experienced team can help you with this if necessary. If it’s not a covered benefit we have cash/self pay rates which are competitive with all other programs in the United States.
4. Why is laparoscopic surgery important?
Laparoscopic surgery is less invasive, heals faster and leaves fewer scars. We perform the majority of procedures laparoscopically, to help our patients get back on their feet quicker, with reduced risk of infection and complications.
5. How do I schedule an appointment?
Call us at 805.332.8446.
French Hospital Medical Center surgical weight loss services are part of:
The Weight Loss Surgery Institute of the Central Coast
316 S. Stratford Avenue, Suite B
Santa Maria, CA 93454
(located on the Marian Regional Medical Center Campus)
Learn More About Our Surgical Weight Loss Program
To learn more about our services and how we can help, please call us at 805.332.8446 or use our online feature, Find a Doctor.