Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a psychological evaluation?
This life changing surgery requires serious thought and our specialists want to ensure you have the support you need to follow through with the commitment. Some patients overeat because their emotions drive them to do so and our specialists want to bring that behavior to light so our patients can be successful after the surgery.
How long does the process take until you have surgery?
There are many factors that go into guiding you through the pathway to surgery. These factors: insurance requirements, health conditions, and making sure we have thoroughly evaluated any underlying issues that were not addressed before deciding to have bariatric surgery. Everyone is different so therefore this answer is different for everyone.
How safe is this operation?
Like every operation, there is a risk. Because our patients already have health-related problems, there is an increased risk of complications. However, our team makes sure they thoroughly screen you to make sure that there are no surprises on the operating table. If we feel that it is not safe to operate on you, we will not proceed. However we will gladly work with you in order for you to be eligible for the operation. Your team will be behind you 100% before, during, and after the surgery.
What can I do about extra skin and stretch marks?
Many of our patients opt for plastic surgery, but we recommend you wait until your weight loss has "plateaued" or stopped before undergoing plastic surgery.
Will I have to change my lifestyle?
Research shows that lifestyle changes are necessary for both weight loss AND maintenance of weight loss. We at the St. Dominic's Bariatric Surgery Solution want you to not only take the weight off, we want you to keep it off, so yes, some lifestyle changes will need to happen.
If my insurance does not pay for surgery what are the cash prices?
St. Dominic's Bariatric Surgery Solution offers competitive cash prices for bariatric surgery. For some people this is the best option. Contact us for information about our current cash prices by completing an inquiry form online or contacting us by phone. Your bariatric surgery is an important healthcare decision. Our financial specialist can answer your questions about how to fund your surgery whether you choose the cash option or the insurance alternative with the possiblity of some cash participation by you.