Bariatric Surgery FAQs

We have provided a bariatric surgery FAQs list to address some of the most common questions we receive. If you have questions that aren’t included on this page, please give us a call at (956) 362-LOSE and we’ll be glad to provide you with answers to your questions.

How do I get started?

Getting started is easy! Call us at (956) 362-5673 to sign-up for a free informational seminar or register online.

How do I know if I am a candidate for bariatric surgery?

You are eligible for bariatric surgery if your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or greater or if your BMI is 35 or greater and you have at least 2 obesity related conditions.

Do insurance companies cover bariatric surgery?

Many insurance companies now recognize obesity as a significant health risk and provide coverage for bariatric surgery. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Bariatric and Metabolic Institute can help you find out whether your insurance plan covers bariatric surgery.

What are the bariatric surgery risks?

All surgical procedures have risks, especially when a patient is morbidly obese. Different bariatric procedures have different risks, and depending on the patient’s individual health circumstances, your risks may be higher or lower than normal. Potential bariatric surgery risks should be discussed with your surgeon.

How long will my recovery time be after bariatric surgery?

Patients who undergo the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or the Sleeve gastrectomy typically stay in the hospital 2 nights/3 days. Patients are usually cleared to return to work/school within 2 weeks after surgery unless otherwise instructed by the surgeon. Patients who have the laparoscopic band procedure may leave the same day as the procedure or may stay one night in the hospital. Patients are usually cleared to return to work/school within 1 week.

What are the dietary guidelines before and after bariatric surgery?

Patients must begin a pre-op diet 2 weeks before their surgery. After surgery, patients will need to follow specific dietary guidelines. Registered dietitians work directly with patients to provide dietary counseling and education before and after surgery.

Is it possible to gain the weight back after bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery is the only proven method to effectively help patients maintain weight loss long-term. If you are committed to making permanent dietary and lifestyle changes then your chances of weight re-gain is significantly reduced.

How long will it take to lose excess weight after bariatric surgery?

Excess weight loss begins right after having bariatric surgery and can continue until about 18 months after surgery.

What if my insurance doesn’t cover bariatric surgery?

Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Bariatric and Metabolic Institute offers several financing options through Lending Club, Prosper Healthcare Lending, and Care Credit. For more information, or to determine if you qualify, please contact Nancy Martinez, Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Bariatric and Metabolic Institute social worker at 956-362-2019

If you would like us to provide answers to other bariatric questions while you make a decision on your weight loss journey, we’d be happy to help. Please call us at 956-362-5673.