What do you need to know about Gastric Bypass Surgery?
We understand you want to consider all the facts as you carefully weigh the decision to have weight loss surgery. Despite the evidence that shows the tremendous positive impact it can have on your health and emotional well being, there are risks and concerns. Let our experienced and caring staff and surgeons explain how gastric bypass surgery can improve your life. Let us give you the critical facts to help you in your decision process.
According to the National Institute of Health: "Gastric Bypass Surgery patients show a dramatic and sustained improvement in the quality of their lives beyond the extent of their weight loss".
Studies have proven that patients who have undergone bariatric surgery go on to earn more money, advance their careers at their current job and see less discrimination in the overall job market. There are now many reasons to consider gastric bypass that go beyond the long term health benefits.
Thank you very much for visiting our web site. We want you to know our organization specializes in gastric bypass surgery, lap band surgery, gastric sleeve and other bariatric procedures so you can expect helpful answers to your questions from our expert bariatric surgeons and guidance from our experienced support staff. We will work hard and go the extra mile to achieve the results you desire.
It is our mission to provide you with the best medical care available from your initial contact to support groups after your bypass surgery. Our highly trained and experienced bariatric surgeons and staff have done over 10,000 bariatric procedures with the best medical outcomes in the healthcare industry.
We are also dedicated to go beyond the traditional care and assist you in getting your insurance company to approve your surgery to reduce the cost and if necessary we will file a medical appeal letter on your behalf or if required get your gastric bypass surgery approved. We also offer flexible options of payment with our financing program and credit card options.
We understand that you have concerns and you want direct answers to your questions. It is our goal to assist you in determining the best bariatric surgeon and hospital for your individual needs. Whether you choose gastric bypass surgery, lab band surgery, vertical gastric sleeve or another procedure you will know our surgeons will have the necessary experience and our satisfied patients are the testimony of our results.
We are here to help you make an informed, educated and confident decision regarding permanent weight loss and the possibility of gastric bypass surgery.
In our new website you will find new information that will give you everything you need to get started on the road to a healthier and happier you! Find out about gastric bypass surgery, other surgery options, what to expect before and after surgery, and how you can qualify for surgery. We also have new information that can help you finance your surgery if you don't have insurance coverage, and see you for yourself the drastic weight loss other patients have experienced through weight loss surgery.
The decision to have gastric bypass surgery is one that will change your life. Imagine a world where things like playing with your children, walking up a flight of stairs, crossing your legs, or even tying your shoes - will no longer be a problem. Even the most basic things like sleeping and breathing may no longer be a medical concern. You've tried everything else and now that you're ready to make a permanent change for a better life, we will be here for you every step of the way.
About the gastric bypass surgery procedure
Gastric bypass is a proven method for permanent weight loss as well as a potential cure for Type II Diabetes and other conditions related to morbid obesity. There are many options available to you and we desire to assist you in attaining a healthier lifestyle if other weight loss options haven't been successful. Statistics have shown that gastric bypass surgery can help patients lose up to 90 percent of their excess body weight. The procedure works by limiting food intake and suppressing appetite. If you suffer from an obesity-related medical condition, you may be able to greatly improve your physical health by having gastric bypass surgery.
After the procedure, nearly 80 percent of patients with hypertension and 90 percent of patients with diabetes no longer need to take their medication. People with conditions such as asthma, arthritis, and sleep apnea also see an improvement in their well-being after surgery. A qualified bariatric surgeon can evaluate your medical history to see if you would benefit from gastric bypass surgery.
Also called bariatric surgery, gastric bypass is a surgical method that restricts the amount of food you are able to eat and sometimes the amount of nutrients that can be absorbed by your body. The nutrient and calorie restriction that is the result of weight loss surgery usually causes very rapid weight loss. Our program provides a comprehensive bariatric "lifestyle" designed to optimize your journey through the process of weight loss surgery. Many of our new patients are referred by family and friends who were also patients of Bariatric Surgery Specialists.
Benefits of gastric bypass surgery
The benefits of gastric bypass procedure very much outweigh the risks. 75% of patients are expected to lose 75 to 80% of their excess body weight. Well over 70 to 80% of patients with hypertension will be off medications and well over 90% of patients with type II non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus are expected to be off medication. Drastically improved, if not completely resolved includes sleep apnea, asthma, joint pain, arthritis, reflux, fatigue, shortness of breath and an overall increased sense of well-being.
People who undergo weight loss surgery can usually expect, (1) Improvement in or elimination of conditions associated with morbid obesity, including adult onset diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea and arthritis and joint problems. (2) Improved ability to engage in physical activity, (3) A loss of 50 to 70 percent of that weight above the ideal body weight. This loss usually occurs during the 18 months after gastric bypass surgery.
Insurance coverage for gastric bypass surgery
Insurance companies will pay for gastric bypass surgery procedures that are medically necessary. Morbid obesity is a life threatening disease and is normally covered. Insurance companies vary in the qualifications required and Bariatric Surgery Specialists will assist you in meeting those guidelines so you can get the surgery you need. It is possible your insurance company might require medically supervised program of weight reduction or maintenance, nutrition counseling and other tests before allowing your gastric bypass surgery.
Patient financing for gastric bypass surgery
Our bariatric patient financing offers you a full range of payment plans. A variety of affordable financing programs are available with flexible payment options and low monthly payments. With available loan amounts from $1000 to $25,000 we have a loan program for every budget, even for those with less then perfect credit. Installment loans may also be available through your doctors office with interest rates from as low as 5.9% APR and up with interest rebate offers for up to 12 months. Payment options with terms from 12 to 84 months are also offered. Depending your credit history we will be able to offer a customized and affordable payment plan to fit within your budget.
Candidates for gastric bypass surgery
You may be a candidate for bypass surgery if you have a BMI of 40 or more, or if you have a BMI of 35 - 40 and you suffer from other obesity related health problems. To see some of the dramatic results our patients have achieved though gastric bypass or lap-band surgery, see our photos of before and after gastric bypass surgery page. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions and effects one third of the adult population in this country. This website was designed to provide detailed information regarding the advantages, disadvantages and surgery risks involved with the gastric bypass surgery permanent weight loss procedure.
Gastric sleeve (vertical sleeve gastrectomy)
The vertical sleeve gastrectomy is a restrictive form of weight loss surgery in which approximately 85% of the stomach is removed leaving a cylindrical or sleeve shaped stomach with a capacity ranging from about 60 to 150 cc, depending upon the surgeon performing the procedure. Unlike many other forms of bariatric surgery, the outlet valve and the nerves to the stomach remain intact and, while the stomach is drastically reduced in size, its function is preserved. Again, unlike other forms of surgery such as the Roux en Y gastric bypass, the vertical sleeve gastrectomy is not reversible.
Realize® gastric banding solution
The Realize gastric banding solution is more than just a gastric band that is designed to help you lose weight. This gastric band is a solution that will help you get on the road to a new life. Realize will help you attain a healthier life, give you more confidence, energy and the ability to live the life you've always dreamed of. The REALIZE Band was designed and developed with your safety and comfort in mind. The band is a strong, flexible silicone structure made entirely of biocompatible materials. With the REALIZE Band, weight loss occurs at a natural and healthy rate— ranging from 1- 2 pounds per week.