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Weight Loss Surgery FAQs

Before committing to a weight loss surgery, make sure you thoroughly discuss what it involves and what lifestyle changes you will have to make after the procedure. You can learn more about weight loss surgery from these answers to frequently asked questions.

What is BMI (body mass index)?

A measurement that calculates height and weight to help determine if a patient qualifies for weight loss surgery.

What are the BMI requirements for weight loss surgery at St. Luke’s?

Your BMI must be at least 40, or 35-39.9 and you must be suffering from at least two serious related health problems (diabetes mellitus, gastro-esophageal reflux, sleep apnea, high cholesterol, degenerative joint disease, high blood pressure, etc.).

When is weight loss surgery used to treat obesity?

When other weight loss therapies have failed (diet/exercise, pharmacotherapy, weight loss programs, counseling, etc.), weight loss surgery can be considered.

What are the weight loss surgery options offered at St. Luke’s?

St. Luke’s offers sleeve gastrectomy.

Will my insurance cover weight loss surgery?

Insurance coverage varies based on your insurance plan. Please contact your insurance company directly to find out if weight loss surgery is covered.

If I am currently using tobacco, will I be able to have surgery?

No. It will be a requirement that you quit smoking and remain tobacco/nicotine free for a minimum of six months prior to surgery. We encourage you to continue no tobacco use post-operatively as smoking can interfere with the healing process following surgery.

How will weight loss surgery affect my life?

The surgical procedure is a small piece to the puzzle. There will need to be many lifestyle changes that will need to be made prior to the actual surgery date.

Once I attend the information session, how long will it be before I can have weight loss surgery?

The process varies with each patient. However, the standard length of time is usually 7-8 months until your surgery date.

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