Is It Time For Weight Loss Surgery?
As humans, we all tend to be procrastinators from time to time. We may give some thought to an idea for a while, but then when we make up our mind to do something, we want it “right now”. We find oftentimes that patients would like to have their surgery within a certain time frame due to work schedules, vacation times, or possibly due to insurance (i.e. deductible is met, coverage is ending). Unfortunately, though, not everyone is aware of how long the road to bariatric surgery is and do not allow adequate time to complete the tasks necessary before undergoing surgery.
What many people may not know is that preparing for weight loss surgery, in most cases, takes several months. The majority of our patients have insurance that covers weight loss surgery and thus need to meet their set medical criteria to qualify for surgery. This usually requires that we obtain records from referring physicians’ offices which can often be a time consuming task. It is also very common for insurance companies to include a medically supervised diet, sometimes lasting up to six months, in their criteria. The surgeon may also require additional testing or clearances from other physicians, such as a sleep study or cardiac clearance. In some instances, these could take several weeks to occur depending on the type of test or doctor the appointment is for.
We ask that you please take these things into account when planning your surgery. Knowing what your insurance and surgeon requires and the amount of time it will take to complete these things will increase the likelihood of you having your surgery at the time you desire. We encourage you to research your insurance criteria or contact our office to discuss what is necessary for you to accomplish before your surgery so that you have a realistic expectation of the time needed to reach your surgery date.
Your health is important! Don’t put off till tomorrow what can be done today!
Front Desk Staff
Donna, Melissa, Stephanie, and Jennifer W.