Questions & Answers
Am I a candidate for bariatric surgery?
You may be a candidate for weight loss surgery if you are:
- Between the ages of 18 and 65
- Obese with a body mass index of 40 or above (CALCULATE YOUR BMI HERE)
- Obese with a body mass index of 35 to 40 and struggling with an obesity-related condition like hypertension, heart disease or sleep apnea
- Currently trying to or have tried in the past to lose weight through other means such as diet and exercise
- Psychologically ready for weight loss surgery and willing to commit to a whole new lifestyle
- Not drug or alcohol dependent
What will be next step?
If you meet the requirements above, you can have a private consultation with our Bariatric Surgeon. Our surgeons will review your health history and personal goals, and provide in-depth information on weight loss surgery options, including the benefits, risks and expected results. If you are a candidate, you’ll start on the journey of making lifestyle changes and get ready for a successful experience.
Call (610) 850-4470 or FILL OUT OUR QUICK FORM to request your one-on-one appointment.
What would I expect after I join the program?
- Meet with our Bariatric Surgeon regularly till you are ready for the surgery
- Attend dietary counseling with our bariatric dietitian three or more times before your procedure to prepare for your lifestyle change
- Encouraged to attend support group meeting before the procedure to meet our previous patients
- Fulfill required medical clearanced
Make appointments with necessary medical providers such as pulmonologist, cardiologist and psychologist.
After you complete all your appointments, you will discuss with your surgeon to select a procedure, then you will be ready for surgery.
According to the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS), a weight loss procedure can significantly improve your health and improve the quality of your life.
Are there any risks involved with bariatric surgery?
All surgeries carry some risks. So, does the bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will review the potential complications and risks with you before your surgery. Some of the risks are pneumonia, blood clots, infection, bleeding, leaking at staple lines, abdominal pain, nutrition deficit as well as ulcers, hernia and gallstones. They may occur, but most are preventable and treatable. Generally, the benefits associated with weight loss surgery are significantly less than the risks of remaining morbidly obese. Your Bariatric Coordinator and surgeon are there for you to answer questions and assist you throughout your weight loss journey.