Bariatrics FAQs

Here we have provided information about the most frequently asked questions concerning bariatric surgery. We have also provided a link to a BMI calculator if you would like to learn your Body Mass index. 

Q: ;    How do I know if I am a candidate for bariatric surgery?
A:     There are three main criteria for determining who is a candidate for traditional weight-loss surgery:
  1. Those who are approximately 100 pounds or more overweight.
  2. Those who have a Body Mass Index of 40 or more.
  3. Those who suffer life-threatening health problems because of obesity.

Q:     Are there age limits for people who want to have this surgery?
A:     In general, weight-loss surgery may be appropriate for adult men or women at almost any stage of life.

Q:     How can I learn more about bariatric surgery and whether it may be right for me?
A:     One of the best ways to learn all about the benefits, risks and overall details of weight-loss surgery is to attend one of our free monthly seminars. They are held the first 4th Thursday of every month at Lourdes Fitness Center - 501 W. St. Mary Blvd (St. Francis Tower). For more information contact (337) 470-3127 or Shelby.Oster@fmolhs.org.

Q:     Is bariatric surgery an easy way to lose weight?
A:     No. Weight loss surgery is not for everyone - and it is NOT an easy way to lose weight or a quick fix to a lifelong weight problem.

Q:     Will I have to change the way I eat after having this surgery?
A:     Yes. Before undergoing bariatric surgery you must make a commitment to change your lifestyle, including your eating habits and exercise routine. Our program offers you nutritional counseling, support groups and even discounted fitness center memberships to help you adapt to a new lifestyle.

Q:     Will my health insurance cover a bariatric surgery procedure?
A:    

Health insurance coverage depends upon many factors. Please call our program's nurse navigator at (337) 470-7777 for help with any insurance questions. They are very knowledgeable about insurance issues and can help determine if you are covered for bariatric surgery.

Additional Questions? Call (337) 470-7777 to speak with our Nurse Navigator.