Bariatric surgery, often via gastric sleeve or gastric bypass, provides the tool to assist you in your weight loss and has been proven to be the most effective intervention for successful and sustainable weight loss.
Types of bariatric surgery
There are two primary tyes of bariatric surgery for weight loss - gastric bypass surgery and gastric sleeve surgery.
Gastric Sleeve Surgery - Also called a sleeve gastrectomy or vertical gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery is a procedure in which the stomach is made smaller to about the size and shape of a banana. This procedure does not involve re-routing the digestive tract or reconnecting the intestines.
Gastric Bypass Surgery - Gastric bypass surgery is a procedure in which a new, small stomach pouch is created and re-routed to bypass part of the smaller intestine.
If you are interested in or want to learn more about weight loss surgery options, call one of our locations for a consultation.
Who Can Get Bariatric Surgery?
You do not need to have exhausted alternative weight loss programs or options before you talk about bariatric surgery.
Weight loss surgery is likely an option if you have a:
BMI of 40 or more with no health conditions
BMI of 35 or more with two obesity-related health issues* (such as diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, arthritis, sleeping disorders, or other conditions)
Whether or not you are a candidate for bariatric surgery will ultimately be decided by your surgeon.
*Obesity-related health issues are conditions associated with obesity because they come on more often and can be more serious when obesity is present. Weight reduction can help resolve health conditions that stem from obesity.
Making an appointment to talk to a bariatric surgeon can help you with:
Understanding your options and what to expect
Deciding the surgery that is best suited for your needs
Getting an estimate of how much weight you can expect to lose and in what time frame
What Are The Benefits Of Bariatric Surgery?
Benefits of bariatric surgery can include:
Significant & sustainable weight loss
Better ability to engage in physical activities
Lower risks for a variety of diseases and conditions associated with obesity
There are benefits beyond weight loss though. After bariatric surgery, people often report:
Getting energy back or having more energy than before
Being able to climb stairs and run better
Benefits may also include being able to reduce medications, and lowing your risk for other diseases or conditions.
Will Health Insurance Cover Bariatric Surgery?
Health insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare, does cover weight loss surgery and may also cover bariatric surgery revisions. To verify if your insurance plan covers bariatric surgery, contact one of our bariatric centers.
Why Choose Franciscan Health for Bariatric Surgery?
At Franciscan Health, your weight loss surgery plan is tailored to you. In addition to providing advanced bariatric surgery procedures, we offer a variety of supportive programs and providers who can collaborate as members of your total healthcare team.
Clinical team dedicated and focused in the bariatric surgery process
Registered dietitians who concentrate on diet for bariatric surgery patients
Psychologists to assist in your readiness for surgery
Financial counselors available to discuss financial concerns and payment plans
Insurance services that work directly with your insurance provider to sort through coverage issues and concerns
These supportive programs work together to help ensure that every patient is treated holistically – mind, body and spirit.
How To Get Started With Bariatric Surgery
Confirm you have bariatric coverage by speaking with one of our insurance specialists. (You can call a location near you to get connected.)
Schedule an appointment. (Your initial appointment will be an opportunity to discuss bariatric surgery options, the process and ask questions.)
Not ready to make an appointment, but want more information? Visit our event center to find a weight loss seminar in your area.