at Geary Community Hospital

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How do I know if I qualify for surgery?

Potential surgical candidates are people who are between the ages of 18 and 65, and have a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 40 or above, or between 35 and 39.9 with a qualifying comorbid condition such as hypertension, sleep apnea, or type II diabetes. 

Does my insurance cover the surgery?

There are often many variables involved in determining insurance coverage. Once you call our office, our experienced staff will work quickly to determine if the procedure you want is a covered benefit under your insurance plan.  After obtaining your insurance plan information, we will call your insurance company to determine your eligibility. 

How much does it cost for an initial appointment?

Once we determine your insurance eligibility, you will be scheduled for an intake appointment at our office. There is no charge for this appointment.  At your intake appointment, you will meet with one of our experienced staff members to discuss the types of surgery you are eligible for, our pre-surgical program requirements, and your insurance company's pre-surgical requirements.   You will be able to ask questions and to take home an informational packet containing more detailed information about the surgeries we offer to help you in the decision making process. 

Do I have to lose weight prior to surgery?

All of our patients are placed on a pre-surgical diet as recommended by the American Society of Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) for at least 2 weeks prior to surgery.  If your BMI is over 50, you will be placed on a special diet for 30 days prior to surgery.   The diet that will be prescribed for you is determined by the surgeon during your initial office consultation. 

How long will my recovery be?

You will need about 6 weeks to recover fully.  You will not be able to lift anything over 15 pounds for 3 to 4 weeks, although other activity is encouraged during the recovery period.  You may be able to return to work within 1 to 2 weeks after surgery with your surgeon's approval.

How will know what to eat during the pre-surgery diet and after surgery?

You will have an appointment with our registered dietitian prior to surgery to discuss all of the nutritional aspects of surgery.   You will also be able to meet with the dietitian at regularly scheduled intervals after surgery to continue your education.

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