Information About Weight-Loss Surgery
How old do I have to be to have weight-loss surgery?
Typically, patients need to be between the ages of 18 and 68 years of age.
How do I qualify for weight-loss surgery?
Your are at least 50 pounds overweight, depending on other health conditions. Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is at least 35 with one obesity-related health problem (such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or sleep apnea) or your BMI is greater than 40, with or without related health problems. (Calculate your BMI)
What tests and medical exams will I need to pass before I have surgery?
All patients need to pass a psychological screening that determines an ability to comply with post-surgical behavior modifications. Patients are also required to complete all pre-operative testing and be declared both medically and physically able to withstand surgery.
Will my insurance cover the cost of the surgery?
Many insurance companies and Medicare are now covering the cost of weight-loss surgery. Check with your provider and/or your physician to determine if this procedure is covered by your insurance company.
How long will I be in the hospital after surgery?
Most patients are in the hospital for one-to-two days depending on their medical needs.
What can I eat after surgery?
While in the hospital, you will start on a liquid diet. As you progress, you'll move to a diet of pureed foods, then to a diet of regular foods, as instructed by your doctor. Your individual progress will determine the length of time of each diet phase. After your weight-loss surgery, you will eat significantly less food to feel full.
During the first several months of reduced food intake, some patients experience nausea, vomiting, food intolerance, changes in bowel movements, constipation, transient hair loss and loss of muscle mass. Most patients see a significant improvement in how they feel when dietary intake improves.
What is recovery like?
You and your doctor will discuss a post-operative plan that will help ensure your long-term weight-loss, including referrals to nutritionists, exercise programs, psychotherapists and support groups. Recovery times vary from patient to patient. Most patients can resume normal activities 5-7 days after surgery.
For additional information about weight-loss surgery at TMC, read some commonly asked questions and attend one of our educational seminars. You can also contact speak to the weight-loss surgery coordinator at 903-416-4180.