If you're trying to lose weight, you've certainly heard it all: amazing diet programs, super fat-burning pills, 15-minute workouts, incredible same-day medical solutions, and more.
You already know that your health depends on reducing your weight and keeping it off - but still, you're no closer to your goal, given all the hype and half-information.
Read how one man's decision for weight loss surgery not only helped him lose a significant amount of weight, but also prevented a cardiac disaster waiting to happen and most importantly cured his liver cancer.
Northridge Hospital wants you to make an educated, informed decision about what really works and what doesn't, what’s a quick fix and what’s a lifetime change. Did you know there are other kinds of procedures in addition to the highly-advertised lap band that may be more appropriate for your body type, age and lifestyle?
We're not here to sell you. But we do want you to know the facts so you can make the best decisions. Here are some questions that can help guide you in making this life-changing decision.
Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?
You can always address your individual concerns with the surgeon at your consultation, but you can expect the following general qualifications to be considered: (1) Whether you are 100 pounds or more overweight; or (2) Whether you have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater.
If your body mass index is between 35 and 40 and you have one or more of obesity-related co-morbid conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or severe arthritis.
How will I know which procedure is best for me?
Many centers only offer one type of surgery, like gastric banding. Does that mean it’s the best option for everybody? We offer several surgical options for treating obesity including minimally invasive options. The right procedure for you depends on your physical condition, health issues, personal preference and what insurance will pay for. Individualized one-on-one consultation with a surgeon is crucial in choosing the right procedure.
Are your surgeons board-certified in bariatric surgery?
Yes, all of our surgeons are board certified, fellowship trained surgeons which means they have gone through extensive clinical training focused specifically on treating obesity. Additionally, all of our surgeons are specialized in minimally invasive surgeries, including Robotic surgery. Compared to traditional open surgeries, you will experience less pain and faster recovery time through these “laparoscopic” surgeries.
What is the cost for surgery?
Paying for gastric bypass surgery is a top concern for our patients. It is important that you review your policy and benefit detail, or speak with your insurance company directly to determine if you are covered.
How long does it take from initial consultation to my surgery?
From our experience, it takes approximately 4 to 6 weeks. Please note that everyone has a different health history and needs. If your surgeon determines, you might require other tests to prepare you for a safe surgery. Also, insurance authorization may take time, and your insurance may have other requirements.
I have seen another doctor some time ago….. but, I cannot decide.
Second opinions are common for most serious medical conditions. If you have consulted a doctor in the past about obesity, why not schedule a consultation with our bariatric surgeon and get another opinion about your weight loss options?
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ONLINE RESOURCE INFORMATION
The National Institutes of Health's (NIH) primary organization for research on weight loss surgery is the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, and visit our Resource Links to find more information from the NIH's Weight-control Information Network (WIN) as well as our Online Health and Wellness Library for more information on wieght loss surgery, weight management, nutrition, a Guide to Obestity and Bariatric Loss Surgery.