How to Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery

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How to Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery

Here at Nova Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, we offer a comprehensive range of minimally invasive weight-loss procedures and lifelong support. We are here for you every step of the way for those who feel that losing weight is the best choice for them.
We are here to provide you with a step-by-step list of how to qualify for weight loss surgery for prospective weight loss surgery candidates.
Gastric bypass surgery is the most common type of weight-loss surgery. Gastric bypass and other types of weight-loss surgery, collectively known as bariatric surgery, make surgical changes to your stomach and digestive system that limit how much food you can eat and how many nutrients you absorb, leading to weight loss. For many older mothers with children in the local Dallas-Fort Worth area, it’s about more than a number on a scale. It’s about keeping up with your kids. It’s about feeling more confident in your skin. It’s about doing something that will better you and your family.
We understand that every weight loss journey is unique. We’re here every step of the way so you can get back to what’s most important to you—stronger and healthier than ever.
But first, it is important to learn the science behind Nova Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery in Irving, TX, Arlington, TX, and Dallas, TX.
Like any major procedure, it has significant health risks and side effects. In addition, the long-term success of gastric bypass surgery depends on your ability to make permanent changes in your lifestyle. When you want to be considered for gastric bypass surgery, you must undergo a thorough evaluation to determine if it’s suitable for your situation.

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Dr. Alibhai

With Dr. Alibhai’s training in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, he performs a wide range of general surgical procedures as well including:

  • Robotic Gallbladder surgery
  • Robotic hernia surgery
  • Acid Reflux surgery

Mustafa H. Alibhai,MD,FACS,FASMBS

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What is your body mass index?

It is more than the feeling of needing to lose weight that brings women and men into our two offices. The eligibility is based on body mass index, your previous efforts with diet and exercise, and your medical history.
Research supports the benefits of weight loss surgery for those with a BMI between 35 and 39.9 with obesity-related health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, obstructive sleep apnea, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and other obesity-related conditions. You could be a candidate for surgical weight loss if you meet any of the following criteria:
  • You are more than 100 lbs. over your ideal body weight.
  • You have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of over 40.
  • You have a BMI of over 35 and are experiencing severe negative health effects, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, related to being severely overweight.
  • You are unable to achieve a healthy body weight for a sustained period of time, even through medically-supervised dieting.
For example, an adult who is 5’11″ tall and weighs 290 lbs would have a BMI over 40. Calculate your BMI by searching up tools online.
The NIH, as well as the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) also recommend that surgery be performed by a board-certified surgeon with specialized experience/training in bariatric and metabolic surgery, and at a center that has a multidisciplinary team of experts for follow-up care.
Here at Nova Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, we provide all of our clients with a great one of a kind experience with the best-specialized training and experience in bariatric and metabolic surgery.
This may include a nutritionist, an exercise physiologist or specialist, and mental health professional. In addition, some insurance companies require that the surgery be performed at a facility that meets the ASMBS-approved quality standards (MBSAQIP). Facilities that meet high standards or quality, like those outlined in MBSAQIP, are preferable choices for patients.
Here at Nova Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, we are able to refer to great nutritionists and specialist professionals to provide our clients with the best aftercare to keep our clients on track for success.

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Medical history

Type 2 Diabetes can sometimes make surgery riskier, but if you are sure to follow the instructions from your surgeon, the risk is then minimized. For many who want to be candidates for weight loss surgery, diabetes and obesity are big health factors that lead them to lose weight or needing weight loss surgery for their health issues. Almost everyone with Type 2 Diabetes sees big improvement or even complete remission after surgery. Some studies have even reported improvement of Type 1 Diabetes after bariatric procedures, but again this is if you follow the rules and aftercare post-surgery. Hard work is necessary, do not think you can just go back to your normal life, an exercise of diet and exercise will be incorporated into your routine.

Paying for your Surgery

Often of times, working with insurance companies to provide coverage of bariatric surgery can be a difficult task. Most bariatric practices have a dedicated staff to help you navigate your insurance policy; however, in the event they do not, there are resources available.
The Obesity Action Coalition (OAC), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping individuals affected by obesity, provides an excellent free resource titled, “Working with Your Insurance Provider: A Guide to Seeking Weight-Loss Surgery.” This guide offers valuable information on identifying the type of insurance policy your employer provides, the pre-approval process for bariatric surgery, how to appeal a denied claim, sample appeal letters, and much more. Financing opportunities are also available. Please contact us for more information.

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How long do you need to be out of work? When can you exercise after surgery?

Gastric bypass surgery isn’t a miracle procedure — and it isn’t for everyone. Having gastric bypass or other weight-loss surgery doesn’t guarantee that you’ll lose all your excess weight or that you’ll keep it off over the long term.
After surgery, most patients return to work in one or two weeks. For most patients, they will end up feeling low for a while, this is a surgery after all and even though risks are low, proper aftercare will be essential to minimize risks. We recommend slowly easing back to work, with some half-days or working every other day for the first week back.
Your surgeon will give you clear instructions. Most jobs want you back in the workplace as soon as possible, even if you can’t perform ALL duties right away. Your safety and the safety of others are extremely important – low energy can be dangerous in some jobs.
Many patients are worried about getting hernias at incisions. That is almost never a problem from work or lifting. Hernias are more often the result of infection. You will not feel well if you do too much.
Likewise, exercise is important for success, but again do not think you can just jump on a treadmill. You will have to start with gentle with short walks. The key is to start slow and start early, even when you are at the clinic. It is important to start with low impact exercises the first month and build slowly over several weeks. The wounds will need to be healed before you get back into the full scope of exercise.
If you have any other questions, please contact us here at Nova Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery