A Step-by-Step Guide to Seeking Bariatric Surgery
Step 1: Attend a weight loss surgery seminar and consultation with your surgeon. .
Step 2: Build healthy habits. .
Step 3: Readiness assessment. .
Step 4: Preoperative testing. .
Step 5: Committee approval. .
Step 6: Insurance authorization. .
Step 7: Preoperative clearance and class.
Can I ask my GP for weight loss surgery?
Speak to a GP if you think weight loss surgery may be an option for you. If you qualify for NHS treatment, they can refer you for an assessment to check surgery is suitable. You can also pay for surgery privately, although this can be expensive. Read more about NHS and private weight loss surgery.
What is the name of the doctor who does weight loss surgery?
Bariatric surgeons are trained to do surgery that aids in weight loss. Obesity is when body fat is above a certain level. Body mass index (BMI) is a common way to measure obesity.
What is the minimum weight for weight loss surgery?
Have a body mass index (BMI) of 35 or higher, or have a BMI between 30 and 35 and an obesity-related condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or severe sleep apnea. Weigh less than 450 pounds, the maximum weight that hospital radiology equipment can accommodate.
What can disqualify you from bariatric surgery?
These are as follows:
Drug and/or alcohol addiction.
Age under 16 or over 75.
History of heart disease or severe lung problems. .
Chronic pancreatitis (or have a history of this).
Cirrhosis of the liver.
Autoimmune disease such as systemic lupus erthyematosus.
Blood disorder which increases your risk of heavy bleeding.
How long does it take to be approved for weight loss surgery?
How long do I have to wait before having bariatric surgery? From the time of the initial consultation, the average wait time is 6-8 weeks. During this time, you will undergo preoperative testing to evaluate whether surgery is a suitable option.
How do I tell my doctor I want weight loss surgery?
Make an Appointment with Your Primary Care Physician
Tell your GP that you are interested in weight loss surgery and are seeking a referral. Discuss your present health conditions or any medications you are on and how these may be affected with surgery.
Can I self refer for weight loss surgery?
You may not need a referral from a GP for private treatment, but it’s a good idea to speak to one for advice first. Before approaching a private clinic or surgeon, do as much research as possible into the different types of weight loss surgery and think about the questions you want to ask.
Who should not get weight loss surgery?
But why might a patient not qualify for bariatric surgery? BMI: First and most obviously, they simply may not have a BMI that is high enough. A BMI of 35 or more with one or more obesity related conditions or BMI of 40 or greater regardless of obesity related conditions is required to have surgery.
What are the 3 types of weight-loss surgery?
Types of bariatric surgery
Roux-en-Y (roo-en-wy) gastric bypass. This procedure is the most common method of gastric bypass. .
Sleeve gastrectomy. With sleeve gastrectomy, about 80% of the stomach is removed, leaving a long, tube-like pouch. .
Biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch.
“When multiple attempts at weight loss have failed, weight-loss surgery becomes worth it because its benefits far outweigh the chance of complications,” says Dr. Sherman. Like all surgical procedures, weight-loss surgery carries some risk. But that risk is low, Dr.