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.
There are many benefits of bariatric surgery aside from weight loss, including improvement or complete resolution of serious weight-related health conditions, reduction of health care costs over time and increased life satisfaction. The image below highlights typical health improvements that may be experienced following bariatric surgery.
Recovery times vary from patient to patient. It is possible for patients to leave the hospital two days after surgery, and 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 weight-loss surgery. Most doctors recommend waiting at least one year after the surgery before becoming pregnant.
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.
Choosing bariatric surgery is a big decision, and a major surgical procedure. Our team believes that we must do everything possible to ensure patients are ready, both physically and mentally, prior to 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.
It usually takes six to eight weeks for a patient to be ready for surgery through our program, unless insurance requires a medically supervised diet.
We follow a proven process with all patients in our program. This process embraces the best practices of all bariatric surgery programs and includes the following steps:
Navigating the insurance process can be difficult, which is why MultiCare provides all patients a complimentary insurance verification.This is done by one of our patient care coordinators (PCCs) who specialize in the bariatric surgery insurance process. After you attend an in-person or online seminar we collect your insurance plan information and complete a benefit check.
Although we provide this service, we also recommend that you contact your insurance company to find out if you have weight-loss surgery benefits, as we have found that sometimes our office and patients get conflicting information.
Below is a list of procedure (CPT) codes that are used by insurance companies to identify what type of procedure you are considering. Using these codes will help your insurance company quickly determine whether your plan covers the procedure. Once you have determined you have weight-loss benefits, please ask for the exact criteria you need to meet to be approved for surgery.
If you are in need of a revision procedure, please call 253-301-5280 and as for one of the PCCs to get the correct code(s) for your insurance inquiry.
MultiCare’s weight-loss surgery program can help you improve your health, lose weight and feel better. Attend our free, no-obligation online seminar to learn more.
Learn if weight-loss surgery is right for you and what steps you can take to identify and address weight-related concerns.
Each support group features a scheduled topic, as well as time for open discussion tailored to meet attendees' needs.
Out of an abundance of care and caution for our community and patients during the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, we will not be offering in-person support groups for the remainder of the year. All support groups will take place in a virtual setting.
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