Bariatric, or weight-loss, surgery can provide many benefits, including:
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications that can occur with both bariatric surgeries performed at MultiCare. Your surgeon will discuss these with you during your pre-surgical visits.
The table below compares the outcomes of the gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy procedures. It shows the percentage of excess body weight lost from each surgery, the percentage of patients who saw improvement in their obesity-related conditions after surgery, surgery time, as well as average length of patients’ hospital stay after surgery.
Gastric bypass recovery times vary from patient to patient. It is possible for patients to leave the hospital two days after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work after 14 days. Full recovery may take six to eight weeks.
Recovery times vary from patient to patient. It is possible for patients to leave the hospital one day after surgery. Most patients are able to return to work after 14 days. Full recovery may take six to eight weeks.
Bariatric surgery patients can eat a wide variety of foods, in small portions. A typical meal in a bariatric surgery diet includes protein-rich foods such as lean meat, eggs, low-fat dairy products (yogurt and cheese), starches and whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Eating protein helps you feel fuller longer.
You're advised to avoid desserts and other items with sugar listed as one of the first three ingredients. High-sugar, high-fat foods can derail your attempts to lose weight, and if you've had the gastric bypass procedure, it can lead to dumping syndrome, an unpleasant side effect. Symptoms of dumping syndrome may include vomiting, nausea, weakness, sweating, faintness, and diarrhea.
It's also recommended that you avoid raw vegetables, fruits with skin, nuts, popcorn, tough meats, stringy foods, and crusty bread (bagels and pretzels), which may block the opening of your stomach.
It is possible to have a safe and healthy pregnancy after sleeve gastrectomy. Most doctors recommend waiting at least one year after the surgery before starting a pregnancy.
By altering the anatomy of the stomach and/or intestine, bariatric surgery affects hormonal signals, resulting in decreased appetite, increased feelings of fullness, increased metabolism and healthier food preferences. These positive changes allow your body to lose weight without the internal fight to return to your higher set point. However, without regular exercise and a healthy diet, it is unlikely that you will achieve your weight loss goals.
Exercising regularly will maximize the amount of weight you lose and help to improve your health. By building muscle through strength-training exercises, you may also lessen the amount of skin sag you experience after losing weight. Following the instructions of your health care team for healthy eating will put you on the path to success.
Before you spend time researching your financing options, find out whether your insurance plan will pay for the surgery. Many health insurance plans, including Medicare and most Medicaid plans, cover bariatric and metabolic surgery. However, health insurance plan coverage varies, so it's important to examine the coverage provided by your plan.
We will work with your insurance provider to determine your bariatric surgery insurance coverage.
If you don't have health insurance, or if after working with your insurance provider we determine that you don't have bariatric surgery insurance coverage, you still have options. Many patients use bariatric surgery financing to cover out-of-pocket costs. Because bariatric surgery is an investment in good health and better quality of life, you may also consider the procedure to be worth the cost even without insurance.
Many lenders can provide bariatric surgery financing. Some financing options include:
It usually takes around six to eight weeks for a patient to be ready for surgery through our program.
We follow a proven process with all of our patients in our program. This process embraces the best practices of all bariatric surgery programs and includes the following steps:
Choosing bariatric surgery is a big decision, and a major surgical procedure. We believe that we must do everything possible to ensure our patients are ready, both physically and mentally, for the procedure. We also want to ensure that patients are prepared to commit to any lifestyle changes that will be necessary before and after surgery for their long-term health and success.
MultiCare’s weight-loss surgery program can help you improve your health, lose weight and feel better. Attend our free, no-obligation in-person seminar to learn more.
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