Frequently Asked Questions

We want you to use the least invasive method of weight loss that works for you. We are here for the people who cannot lose weight on their own. We offer the full range of surgical and non-surgical options to assist you in meeting your weight and health goals. However, if you are 50 to 100 percent over your ideal body weight, diet and exercise alone have only a five percent success rate for long term weight loss. We offer a proven way to help you succeed at weight loss and live a healthier more active life.

Many health plans cover bariatric surgery. It’s important to check with your individual plan for benefits and coverage. At the beginning of your journey to surgery, we will assist you in verifying your coverage for bariatric surgery

There are certain qualifications that must be met, including:

  • a BMI of 40 or more
  • a BMI of 35-39.9 plus serious medical conditions such as high cholesterol and triglycerides, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, Type II diabetes and other serious cardiopulmonary disorders
  • a quality of life that’s restricted by severe obesity
  • an understanding of the risks and effects of bariatric surgery
  • a motivation to make life-long changes to eating and physical activity habits

While the above are general guidelines to qualifying for bariatric surgery, the best way to learn if you are qualified is to consult your physician or attend a free seminar.

Yes. For those who must private-pay or self-pay, the cost of bariatric surgery can be as low as $12,000. If you think the surgery could benefit your life but are concerned about affordability, we encourage you to explore your financial options before giving up. There are third-party options for affordable financing. Or, rather than investing in new furniture or a vacation this year, consider investing that money in something far more important: you.

If you are committed to making it work, our program is proven to work.  We help you physically and emotionally prepare for the changes before and after surgery. We don’t just give you a new body; we give you the tools to make your new body realistic, sustainable and enjoyable.

We emphasize that we are going to be your partner for life. Practically speaking, for one year after your surgery, you will have a number of follow-up appointments with your surgeon, nurse, dietitian and nutritionist. After the first year, we want to see you once a year to make sure you are not developing any nutritional deficiencies or other complications. Plus, we offer individual and group support with others on the weight loss journey. We call this program Stay-On-Track. We also offer a support program for those patients who are struggling called Back-On-Track. Even as years pass and you meet goals, we’ll still be here when you need us.

Depending on the procedure you have, it usually takes one to two hours. Some surgeries may take longer because of the size of the patient, excess scar tissue, or other issues.

Most Band patients go home the same day. For Sleeve or Bypass patients, the average is one or two days.

Most patients have minimally-invasive surgery, which can be performed through several quarter-inch incisions on your abdomen. In some cases, patient-specific risks do require the use of standard open surgery.

While most patients go back to work within two weeks, the actual length of time will be determined by your surgeon. There are also some restrictions that apply.

After your body has time to adjust to the surgical changes, you can look forward to eating healthy everyday foods again.  The difference? You’ll approach food with the knowledge to make better choices about what and how much food you eat.

We offer free educational seminars. Please call 601-936-1170 to register. We look forward to your New Beginning!

Our Program

Step 1: Seminars

Attend Our Free Weight Loss Seminar

It is necessary to attend one of our free, monthly informational seminars before your first appointment with us. To reserve your spot in advance call 601-936-1170. Space is limited.

Step 2: Insurance

Call Your Insurance Company
Check to make sure weight loss surgery is covered by your plan. Criteria for coverage will vary among insurance companies.

Support Groups

Support Groups

We offer support groups for post-surgery patients working toward their weight loss goals. Support groups are the third Tuesday of each month at 6pm. For more information call 601-936-1170.

BMI Calculator

Your body mass index (BMI) is a way of determining your candidacy for weight loss surgery.

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Out of Town Patients

Are you traveling to visit us about weight loss surgery? We have some links and local information to help you plan your stay.

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