Have you been exploring the idea of having bariatric surgery? Knowing the right questions to ask during your first appointment can help you prepare as you embark on this life-changing journey. Your first appointment with a bariatric surgeon is the starting point to build a partnership with your healthcare team.

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In Part 1 we explored the best candidates for surgery, types of weight-loss surgeries and surgical experience. Here are three more important questions you should ask.

1. Can you explain the specific criteria and guidelines for bariatric surgery based on BMI (Body Mass Index)?

The specific criteria and guidelines for bariatric surgery based on BMI can vary depending on the country, medical institution, and the specific type of surgery being considered. Bariatric surgery is typically considered for individuals with a BMI that falls within a certain range. The most common BMI range for eligibility is usually between 35 and 40 or above. However, some guidelines may include lower BMI ranges if the patient has significant obesity-related comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, or heart disease. Learn more about eligibility for bariatric surgery.

2. What types of obesity-related comorbidities may improve after weight-loss surgery?

First, the presence of obesity-related comorbidities, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or joint problems, can influence eligibility for surgery. In some cases, individuals with lower BMIs may be considered if they have severe comorbidities that could be improved with weight loss. 

After bariatric surgery many patients see a vast improvement in their previous condition.


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Source: American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

3. I work for a large company, will my employer cover my weight-loss surgery?

Many insurances, including those offered through major employers, require a patient to have weight-loss surgery at a Center for Excellence, like Roller Weight Loss.  A center of excellence means surgeons have undergone extensive training, possess vast knowledge in the field, and have successfully performed numerous weight loss procedures. The center's commitment to excellence is evident in their expertise, ensuring patients receive the highest level of care. Roller Weight Loss offers specialized care that is tailored to each patient's unique needs, increasing the chances of successful outcomes.

If you are interested in bariatric surgery, it's essential to consult with a bariatric surgeon who can assess your individual case, provide personalized guidance, and help determine if you meet the eligibility criteria for the procedure based on your BMI and overall health. Roller Weight Loss would love to work with you on your weight-loss journey. 

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Remember that building a strong partnership with your healthcare team and being well-informed are key factors in your success. Embrace this opportunity to take control of your health and embark on a journey of transformation.

The Roller Weight Loss Difference

Roller Weight Loss and Advanced Surgery is proud to be the most advanced and experienced bariatric surgical group in the region. Roller Weight Loss and Advanced Surgery specializes in the Modified Duodenal Switch (ModDS), a less invasive version of the traditional duodenal switch (DS). It’s considered the most effective surgery against diabetes.  

We have performed individualized weight loss surgeries for patients from 47 out of 50 states, with patients traveling from all over the United States to change their lives for the better. 

We look forward to helping you on your weight loss journey! 

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