Bariatric Surgery FAQ

Dr. Bilof and Dr. Yurcisin Answer Your Top Frequently Asked Questions

Through their collective experience with our guests at seminars, questions from patient’s loved ones and/or general inquiries via email, there are some top questions commonly asked by patients about bariatric surgery. Dr. Bilof and Dr. Yurcisin, in this Frequently Asked Questions video, address those top questions to provide you with basic answers to the general patient population. Of course, during an initial consultation with our surgeons and the surgical team, you will learn more about the individual surgeries, the pros and cons of each as well as have a thorough discussion about your specific concerns and long-term goals. This FAQ is not meant to replace meeting with one of our surgeons; it is designed to allow you to hear the answers to your most common questions directly from the experts.

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Will my insurance cover bariatric surgery?

This is the biggest question we get. In most cases yes, but many insurance companies have specific plans. Our team is top notch at understanding your insurance and finding out if you will be covered...

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How does the gastric sleeve work?

The Sleeve Gastrectomy works by two different mechanisms, the first is restriction and the second is a “chemical/hormonal” effect. The Sleeve Gastrectomy reduces the size of the stomach...

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How does the gastric bypass work?

Gastric Bypass is major abdominal surgery. In the average patient the surgery takes 90 minutes to 2 hours. Most patients are in the hospital 2-3 days. The surgery involves the baratric doctor...

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How does the duodenal switch work?

The duodenal switch (DS) may be the most effective bariatric treatment for improving diabetes, hyperlipidemia, high cholesterol, high triglycerides and sleep apnea. It also results in more weight...

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Can I get pregnant after this surgery?

Some studies have shown with women who have had gastric bypass they have less chance of preeclampsia, gestational diabetes, as well as more chance of having a vaginal delivery versus a...

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Will I lose my hair?

The short answer is no, but there is a time after surgery “4-8 months” patients might see more hair coming out when washing or brushing. As long as proper nutrition and follow up is done...

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Will I have excess skin?

A very difficult question that there is really no way to answer. Some will and some will not. The best thing a patient can do is exercise to contour the body. Even with excess skin you are getting...

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Is bariatric surgery safe?

It is very safe! We reference this in the video http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa0901836 We always discuss all the risks with...

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