Cernero Surgery FAQ
Am I eligible for weight loss surgery?
You may be a candidate for weight-loss surgery if:
1. You have a body mass index (BMI) of 30 or more (about 100 pounds overweight for men and 80 pounds overweight for women).
2. You have a BMI between 30 and 39.9 with one serious obesity-related health problem (such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension or severe sleep apnea).
3. You have been obese for at least five years.
4. You do not have a history of addiction or severe psychiatric problems.
5. You possess a thorough understanding of weight loss surgery and the lifestyle changes it will require you to make.
What is the difference between the Lap Band and the gastric sleeve?
The Lap-Band (R) is a small, inflatable belt placed around the upper portion of the patient’s stomach that functions to restrict the amount of food consumed, slows the emptying of food from the stomach, and provides a constant sensation of being “full”. Sleeve Gastrectomy is a resection of 75% of the stomach causing a decrease in hunger hormones and in the capacity of the stomach resulting in weight loss. Sleeve Gastrectomy limits the amount of food you can eat at one time by permanently reducing the size of your stomach. As a result, you will feel full with less food and stay satisfied longer.
Will my insurance cover the procedure?
In general, about 50% of insurance companies will cover the Lap Band procedure if requirements are met warranting a Letter of Medical Necessity (stating why significant weight loss is medically necessary, based on several health criteria). Many states have laws that require insurance companies to grant benefits for weight loss procedures, providing the patient meets the criteria of the National Institutes of Health. However, comprehensive and detailed attention is usually needed in order to obtain insurance coverage for Lap Band surgery, which we will work diligently with you to complete. Insurance coverage for gastric sleeve surgery varies by state and insurance provider. As it now stands, Aetna, Cigna, Emblem Health, HealthNet, Medica, Priority Health, Health Care Service Corp, certain Blue Cross-Blue Shield programs and United Healthcare all cover gastric sleeve surgery for individuals who meet certain criteria.
What changes will I have to make in my lifestyle after the surgery?
The LAP Band and Gastric Sleeve are both highly effective procedures that can provide dramatic weight loss results and contribute to a healthier lifestyle. However, weight loss surgery is not a miracle treatment. Individuals cannot achieve their weight loss goals through surgery alone. Patients must be dedicated to making the lifestyle changes in diet and exercise that are necessary to promote good health and successful weight loss after surgery
How much weight will I lose, and how quickly will I lose weight?
With Lap Band surgery, an average patient loses about 50 percent of excess body weight. This weight loss occurs over a period of two to three years, with the majority of weight loss occurring in the first year. After undergoing the gastric sleeve, a patient can expect to lose between 50 to 60 percent of excess weight during the first year after surgery.