Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Below you will find all the frequently asked questions regarding surgical and non-surgical weight loss services that we offer.
You may be a candidate for bariatric surgery if you’ve been unsuccessful at managing obesity by other means such as diet and exercise. A good candidate for bariatric surgery is usually over 100 pounds over a healthy body weight or have a BMI of 40 or more, or a BMI of 35 or more with a comorbidity such as diabetes, high blood pressure, or sleep apnea. You also need to be healthy enough to tolerate surgery.
This is difficult to answer without finding out if you’re a candidate for bariatric surgery, if so, we would need to find out which surgery and other factors. However, we accept all major insurances and offer financing. The best way of getting these answers is by booking your initial consultation.
We offer Bypass, Sleeve, Switch and Gastric Band.
Reversional surgery is an option for patients who have already undergone a bariatric surgery elsewhere and may need another one due to complications with their first procedure.
It is also an option for those who have regained weight or haven’t lost enough weight.
Yes, you’ll be asked to make several lifestyle changes before surgery such as limiting alcohol consumption, mindful eating, and drinking more water.
To ensure you’re healthy enough for surgery and can have long term success, your surgeon will likely ask you to perform several tests such as a physical exam, an abdominal ultrasound, some blood work, chest X-ray and Electrocardiogram (EKG). Your surgeon will inform you of any additional exams needed before surgery.
All surgical procedure come with some level of risk depending on the type of surgery and several factors relating to the patient’s body. Some risks may include infections, bleeding, acid reflux, blood clots, food intolerance, diarrhea, cramps and other gastrointestinal symptoms.
However, for most patients, the health risks from obesity (such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea) far outweigh the risks associated with bariatric surgery.
Non-Surgical Weight Loss
Not everyone is a candidate for bariatric surgery. At FortisBMI we provide our patients with a comprehensive obesity treatment. Our program focuses on helping our patients form long-term lifestyle changes through proper nutrition and physical activity. We also offer nutritional supplements as well FDA-approved anti-obesity medication as necessary.
Our non-surgical program cost varies by the length of the program and other factors.
We accept all major insurances and provide flexible financing options.