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1. Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?
To qualify for weight loss surgery, you must meet the following criteria established by the National Institutes of Health and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery.
The criteria includes:
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 and would like to find one, 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?
Many health insurances cover weight loss surgery but each plan is different and may have different guidelines. To see if you are covered and qualify for surgery, please call our insurance coordinator at 805.981.7305 with your plan information.
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. Who will perform the surgery?
Weight loss surgery procedures at St. John’s Regional Medical Center are performed by Helmuth Billy, MD and Amir Mehran, MD.
To help you determine if weight loss surgery is right for you, take our free online assessment or attend an informational seminar.
To learn more about our program and how we can help, please call 805.981.7305.