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FAQ

It depends. Many insurance plans cover surgery, but only if you have documentation of physician supervised weight-loss efforts, including an exercise program and visits with a physician and a dietitian or nutritionist. The sooner you begin documenting these, the better chance of your insurance covering the surgery. Our staff is here to help you with this as well.

We offer private-pay options. You can find our pricing information here.

Minimum age is 13. We do not have a fixed upper limit for age and perform surgery on carefully selected patients into their seventies.

It is our protocol to discharge patients one to two nights after surgery, except for Lap-Band® which is usually done as an outpatient surgery.

Most people can return to work within one to three weeks. If your job requires heavy lifting or is very physical, you may need to wait four to six weeks. It depends on the person and the job.

Yes. Patients are advised not to get pregnant for at least one year following bariatric surgery and not before weight has been stable for at least two months.

For most people, it doesn’t feel good, and it can possibly stretch the “pouch.”

For Lap-Band®, Gastric Bypass and Sleeve Gastrectomy, at least 60 grams per day. For Switch and SADI-S, at least 80 grams per day.

In moderation, alcohol is OK. 12 ounces of beer, six ounces of wine or two ounces of liquor per day is considered “moderate.” Remember that alcohol has calories, so the more you drink, the less weight you are likely to lose. Alcohol is absorbed more quickly after gastric surgery, so you have to be strict about no alcohol and driving, operating machinery, etc.

No tobacco or nicotine products ever.

The true risks of inhaling or ingesting are unknown, and we advise against all forms.

One to two pounds per week is enough. Losing weight faster than this is OK as long as you are getting in protein three times per day and are not having frequent vomiting.

Wait one week. As for exercise and lifting, follow the “if it hurts, don’t do it” rule, and wait another week to try again for any activity that causes pain.