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Are You A Weight Loss Surgery Candidate?
When you contact the Louisiana Center for Weight Loss Surgery, Dr. Walter Sartor and the LCWLS staff will begin the qualifying process to see if you are weight loss surgery candidate, which will include some medical tests as well as a discussion of your health history and previous attempts to lose weight. To be a weight loss surgery candidate you must have a BMI of 40 with NO co-morbidities, or of 35 with co-morbidities. Co-morbidities include, but are not limited to, diabetes, hypertension, and sleep apnea. Together, you and your surgeon will determine if you are a weight loss surgery candidate and which procedure is right for you. You also will discuss whether you are mentally and emotionally prepared to make lifelong lifestyle changes and if you will have the necessary support system around you. If you and your doctor agree that you are weight loss surgery candidate and surgery is right for you, you will meet with a nutritionist and other support staff members in sessions leading up to surgery. They will help you prepare for the changes and challenges ahead. The LCWLS offers Gastric Banding, Gastric Bypass, and Gastric Sleeve surgery. Dr. Walter Sartor, bariatric surgeon, will discuss with you which procedure is preferred for you and what to expect from the type you choose. Gastric Bypass surgery will be performed at St. Francis Medical Center. Gastric Banding and Gastric Sleeve Surgery are performed at P&S Surgical Hospital.
Weight loss surgery is not right for everyone. You should take into consideration of all the hard work, lifestyle change and motivation it will take after surgery. Obesity surgery is an effective treatment for morbid obesity, although the pounds do not come off by themselves. The surgery is an aid to help achieve lasting results by limiting your food intake.
Not all insurance plans cover elective weight-loss surgery, but the LCWLS offers competitive financing plans. If you have questions on whether or not your insurance will cover weight loss surgery.
As you consider whether you are a weight loss surgery candidate, discuss these considerations with your doctor:
- Bariatric surgery is not considered a cosmetic surgery.
- The surgery does not involve the removal of fat tissues by suction or excision.
- A decision to elect surgical treatment requires an assessment of the risks and benefits to the individual patient.
- Success of the surgery depends on long-term lifestyle changes in diet and exercise.
- Serious problems and complications may arise after surgery that may require additional surgery and hospitalization.