Flaget Bariatric FAQs
Do I qualify for weight loss surgery?
Surgery is generally considered when your body mass index is 40 or higher, or if you have life-threatening or disabling conditions related to your weight with a body mass index of 35. Your doctor may recommend weight loss surgery to you if you have not been able to lose weight with other treatments.
Is weight loss surgery right for everyone?
No. Surgery is not a solution for everyone. After a complete evaluation and discussion with the patient, the surgeon will determine whether surgery is the right option. Weight loss surgery is a life-altering procedure. We want to make sure our patients are committed to making the lifestyle changes needed to be successful.
What is the risk of weight loss surgery?
As with any major surgery, there is a risk of complications. Our staff will fully educate our patients to the risks of surgery during the pre-operative process. You will learn more about possible complications and the incidence of these complications at our Introductory Seminar.
Is surgery an easy weight loss option?
Weight loss surgery is a powerful tool in the fight against obesity, but it is not a "quick fix". Successful weight loss patients follow up with their doctors, and are committed to lifestyle changes including healthy eating and regular exercise.
Will my insurance company pay for weight loss surgery?
Most insurance companies will usually cover the procedure if you meet their criteria. However, some insurance policies have a "direct exclusion" and will not cover weight loss surgery. In these situations, your options include changing your health insurance carrier or paying for surgery yourself.
How much weight can I expect to lose?
The amount of weight you lose and how fast you lose it depends on several factors including the type of weight loss surgery you have. Most weight loss surgery patients lose at least 60% of their excess body weight over the first year after surgery.
How long will it take before I have surgery?
This depends on your insurance provider and the criteria they require, as well as the tests and procedures your surgeon finds necessary.
Will I have excess skin after weight loss surgery?
You may notice excess skin with weight loss. The amount of excess skin you experience is due to many factors including your weight loss, age and smoking habits. Sometimes, patients choose to have plastic surgery to have this skin removed. If you are interested in plastic surgery, a plastic surgeon will be recommended.
How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?
How long you are in the hospital will depend on the type of weight loss surgery you have. Generally, hospital stays are between one and three days.
How long will I be off of work after surgery?
Your time off of work will depend on the type of weight loss surgery you have and what type of work you perform.
Will I continue seeing my primary care physician after surgery?
Yes. Your medical condition will change following weight loss surgery, and it is essential that you are closely monitored by your primary care physician.
Can I regain weight after bariatric surgery?
Yes. Bariatric surgery provides the opportunity to dramatically reduce the amount of food you eat and the number of calories you absorb, but there is no guarantee. Patients who return to their "old habits" will eventually begin to re-gain their lost weight.
Please call Flaget Center for Weight Loss Surgery at 502.350.5492, if you have additional questions.
Flaget Center for Weight Loss Surgery
4305 New Shepherdsville Road
Bardstown, Kentucky 40004