Bariatric Surgery FAQs

Let us answer your weight-loss questions.

UT Medical Center’s University Bariatric Center offers weight loss options to help meet your needs. Medical weight loss options such as medications, meal replacements and/or behavioral modifications are all provided under medical supervision. Our physicians also perform weight loss surgery to those who qualify. Weight loss surgery options include: Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery and Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy. Learn more about our weight loss options

Most health insurance companies do offer coverage for bariatric surgery. However, whether your insurance covers this surgery depends on the particular policy you have. Some employers opt for plans that do not carry coverage for bariatric surgery for their employees. The best way for you to tell if your policy offers these benefits is to call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. Ask them if your policy includes benefits for bariatric surgery.

On another note, each policy that covers bariatric surgery will have a list of criteria that you have to meet in order for them to consider approving you for surgery. These requirements may include a 6-month medically supervised weight loss program, 2-5 year weight history, dietitian consultation and psychological evaluation.

You also can ask the customer service representative at your insurance company for a list of criteria that you have to meet.

Those who have a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy or laparascopic gastric bypass usually stay in the hospital for 1 or 2 nights.

To help you prepare for this life-changing event, the University Bariatric Center’s multidisciplinary team will guide you through an in-depth evaluation process. This includes medical testing, nutritional education and counseling as well as a one-on-one session with a trained dietitian to explain the impending changes in your dietary requirements after weight loss surgery. A dedicated bariatric staff will provide guidance and serve as a continuous resource throughout your experience.

Comprehensive support after your weight loss surgery includes post-surgical nutritional management as well as support group meetings to discuss lifestyle adjustments and to receive suggestions for continued weight loss success. Exercise specialists also are available to help you achieve fitness with structured and effective exercise routines.

This will depend on the type of work that you do. For those who have sedentary jobs, most sleeve and bypass patients can go back to work in 2 weeks. Time off of work may be longer for those who have more strenuous job functions.

To schedule your one-on-one consultation or for more information, call 865-305-9355.

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