Bariatrics is the branch of medicine that deals with the study, treatment and prevention of obesity. Bariatric surgery is any surgical procedure performed for the purpose of losing weight or treating obesity. This is generally accomplished through the implantation of a medical device (such as with the LAP-BAND), removing a portion of the stomach or reducing the size of the stomach.
What is BMI or body mass index?
Your BMI, or body mass index, is a measurement of your weight in relation to your height. It’s used to assess how far your weight deviates from what is considered to be optimal for a person of your height. It’s a reliable indicator of how much excess fat you have, but it doesn’t take into account other factors that can contribute to your weight, like muscle and bone structure. As such, it’s an important screening tool, but most doctors will also provide other, more detailed tests to determine if your extra weight is a true health risk.
How much weight can I expect to lose with baratric surgery?
The amount of weight you lose will depend on the type of bariatric surgery performed, as well as your commitment to maintaining a healthy lifestyle moving forward. With that said, most patients can expect to lose approximately one to three pounds a week over a period of 12 to 24 months.
Will insurance cover my surgery?
Most major insurance companies cover bariatric surgery, as long as you meet their requirements. At Dr. David Davtyan’s office, we routinely work with our patients’ insurance providers to help them get approved for the care they need.
Your weight loss journey begins with an initial complimentary consultation with Dr. David Davtyan. During that meeting, he will listen closely to your weight loss challenges, concerns and medical history, before composing a custom treatment plan designed to help you lose the weight for good and reclaim your health.
You will learn about different surgical procedures, their efficacy and risks, as well as other treatment alternatives.