Weight Loss Surgery FAQs

Weight Loss Surgery Frequent Questions

How do I decide the best type of surgery for me?

Once you qualify for weight loss surgery, you’ll meet with a surgeon to discuss your health situation. Together, you’ll make a decision about the best surgery for you.

Will my insurance cover weight loss surgery?

Most health plans cover weight loss surgery if you meet certain criteria. If you are interested in weight loss surgery, check with your health plan to confirm what they will cover before contacting a weight loss surgery program or surgeon. Health plans may require documentation of previous weight loss attempts to demonstrate that you already have made a serious effort to lose weight. We will obtain pre-approval from your plan before scheduling surgery. If your insurance does not cover weight loss surgery, we also offer self-pay packages.

How will my life change after surgery?

Patients who follow the dietary guidelines usually lose a significant amount of weight at a rapid rate during the first 12 to 18 months. They generally feel full and satisfied after eating only a small amount of food, and do not feel excessively hungry between meals. Many patients say they finally feel a sense of control over food.

With a small stomach capacity, you won’t be able to eat large amounts, which could cause discomfort and vomiting. As you lose more and more weight, you’ll be able to perform a greater range of physical activity and wear clothes you couldn’t before. Your mental outlook, self-confidence, and energy level will likely improve as well. We recommend that you take advantage of the counseling and support we offer to help you integrate these major changes into your new life.

What kind of after-surgery support do you offer?

Our team of professionals works with you and your family to help you achieve the best results. We support you in adopting what we call success habits—the diet and lifestyle changes that give you the best chance of achieving successful weight loss and maintaining it for life.

Starting before surgery and continuing well after, our nurse specialist provides support, help, and encouragement throughout your journey. At regular follow-up visits, you’ll meet with her and your surgeon to review your progress, discuss any concerns, and evaluate your nutrition lab results.

You can also attend monthly support groups, where you’ll get to hear the experiences and advice of fellow patients, and share your feelings in a caring and welcoming environment. Therapeutic support groups led by a psychotherapist are also available, along with individual counseling as needed. Our dietitian can meet with you one-on-one if you would like additional dietary and nutritional guidance.

Dr. Otero celebrating with a few successful patients