Choosing Bariatric & Weight Loss Surgery
In this section you can learn about what obesity is, whether you qualify, getting started and helpful links about weight loss surgery.
What is Obesity?
Obesity is a disease in which people have too much body fat. This excess body fat frequently leads to other health problems, such as Type 2 diabetes, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and arthritis. There are clinical terms used to describe people’s levels of body fat to see if they are candidates for weight loss surgery. The ideal Body Mass Index (BMI) ranges from 18.5 to 24.9. If your BMI is between 25 and 29.9, you are thought to be overweight. If it is between 30 and 34.9, you are class 1 obese. If it is between 35 and 39.9, you are class 2 obese. If your BMI is 40 or more, you are said to be class 3 or extremely obesity.
Extreme obesity is sometimes call “morbid” obesity because this degree of excess weight may considerably reduce life expectancy and is associated with an increased risk of developing conditions or diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, joint problems, gallstones, stroke, heart disease and psychosocial problems. Severely and morbidly obese adult patients are considered candidates for weight-loss surgery.
Learn more about Body Mass Index from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute.
Do I Qualify?
First, it depends on a calculation known as the body mass index, or BMI. To be eligible for bariatric surgery, you must have a BMI greater than 40, which generally equates to being 100 pounds or more overweight if you’re male, and 80 pounds or more overweight if you’re female.
You may also be eligible for bariatric surgery if your BMI is between 35 and 40 and you have significant comorbid conditions such as Type 2 diabetes or hypertension.
Whatever you’re BMI, there’s another condition you must meet to be eligible for bariatric surgery: You must have tried other medically managed weight loss methods. Other methods are very good and many people achieve success with them. But those methods aren’t the right solution for everyone, and if they haven’t worked for you—in spite of your best efforts—bariatric surgery may be your best chance to lose weight, improve your health, and create a new start for yourself.
- Attend an informational seminar (see below).
- Schedule an initial consult with Dr. Gachassin, Dr. Eschete or Dr. Autin by calling (337) 289-8484.
- Meet with our Patient Advocate Insurance to determine your health plan benefits or finance options.
- Discuss your specific surgery requirements with our Weight Loss Surgery Team.
Join us for an educational weight loss seminar to speak to our surgeons and team of experts about weight loss surgery. The seminar focuses on providing you with the knowledge you will need to make an informed decision about weight loss surgery. You’ll learn about your surgical options, possible risks and life style changes needed to begin living a healthier and happier you.
Call today (337) 289-8484 option 1 to reserve a spot or register online by clicking one of the dates below.
If you need wheelchair assistance, please call (337) 289-7761 10 minutes prior to your arrival.
Seminars are held the second Tuesday of every Month from January to November 2019 between 5:30 and 6:00 PM
Support Groups Meet twice a month:
- The second Tuesday of every Month from January to December 2019 at 6:00 PM (Please note the April meeting is an exception and will be held on the 16th of that month)
- The last Wednesday of every Month from January to November 2019 at noon
Bariatric Surgery Cost
The decision to have weight loss surgery is never easy, but is often a turning point in the lives of our patients. Medical evidence tells us that a very high percentage of patients who have surgery find that their energy levels increase and that many of their co-morbid conditions, like diabetes and high cholesterol, disappear.
Because the benefits of surgery often outweigh the risks, we want to help every patient find a financial solution that works for them. Below, you will find information on insurance options, as well as financial options for self-pay patients.
Prosper Healthcare Lending is the premier financing company in the healthcare industry. With over $3 Billion borrowed and over 250,000 people empowered, this is a name and a program you can trust. Here are some of the benefits you’ll receive with a loan from Prosper Healthcare Lending:
- Immediate decisions for loans under $35,000
- Longer terms for lower monthly payments
- No collateral required
- No prepayment penalties
- Fast & easy loan inquiry process
- 100% Confidential
You may also apply online for financial assistance with MedLoanFinance.com.
- Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery Accreditation & Quality Improvement Program
- Surgeons Website
- Lap-Band System
- Obesity Action Coalition
- American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery
- The Obesity Society
- Medline Plus
- Obesity Help
- Bariatric Advantage
- Celebrate Bariatric Supplements
- Louisiana Obesity Commission