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FAQs: General Questions About Bariatric Surgery

  • Do you accept my insurance?

    Will this operation cure my diabetes?

    I have a severe medical problem. Am I still a candidate for surgery?

    Is there any pain with the laparoscopic operation?

    I had weight loss surgery several years ago and I have had problems (weight regain, reflux, vomiting). Can I be seen for a possible revision of my surgery?

    I've gone on diets, achieved short term, moderate success then gained the weight right back. What can I do?

    I have never undergone surgery before, so I am not sure what to expect. I am nervous about pain after surgery. How long will my hospital stay will be and when I can return to work full time?

    This decision is overwhelming. Will I be able to recieve all the information upfront and access to the doctors and nurses to talk through my questions and concerns?


    Do you accept my insurance?

    Einstein Bariatrics accepts all insurance payments. However, the only way to know if your insurance company covers the surgery is to get an explanation of benefits.

    If your insurance company does not cover bariatric surgery, but you and your surgeon believe that you are a candidate, you have the option to pay on your own.

    Einstein Bariatrics can call your insurer to determine your coverage and any limitations on that coverage. We can also find out your co-payments.

    Will this operation cure my diabetes?

    A major study published in the Annals of Surgery demonstrated that most patients lose enough weight to no longer require any treatment for diabetes.

    Often patients who were taking more than 100 units of insulin a day are discharged home without insulin requirements. The effects of the operation in control of diabetes are very rapid - even before significant weight loss.

    People most likely to be free of insulin are those who have had diabetes less than five years. If your diagnosis of diabetes was more than 10 years ago, your chance of being cured after a gastric bypass is 54 percent.

    On average, after a gastric bypass, patients with diabetes will have normal fasting blood glucose and normal HbA1C with a very significant reduction, and perhaps even elimination, of their medications.

    I have a severe medical problem. Am I still a candidate for surgery?

    High-risk patients often have the most to gain from massive weight loss, because massive weight loss improves almost every organ system.

    Our surgeons have successfully operated on patients who have been on a heart transplant waiting list, who had uncontrolled diabetes as well as a number of other chronic medical diseases such as multiple sclerosis, ulcerative colitis and liver disease.

    You will need to discuss how your chronic medical condition changes the risks and benefits of the operation with your surgeon.

    Is there any pain with the laparoscopic operation?

    Unfortunately, there is no way to eliminate pain after this operation. Immediately after surgery, patients do experience discomfort. However, generally patients are walking and drinking the day of surgery.

    By the next morning, patients often say that they feel they have done too many sit-ups and are simply sore. By the time patients go home, most do not need prescription pain medications.

    I had weight loss surgery several years ago and have had problems (weight regain, reflux, vomiting). Can I be seen for a possible revision of my surgery?

    Yes. We can perform revisional surgery. We ask that you complete the registration packet and insurance information. Also, we require that you obtain an upper GI series BEFORE seeing the surgeon.

    If possible, we would like to look at records from your old operation. These may be obtained by calling your original surgeon's office.

    I've gone on diets, achieved short term, moderate success then gained the weight right back. What can I do?

    Stop the cycle of weight loss failure. Bariatric surgery is a proven method to cure obesity. Your weight loss can be maintained when the surgery is accompanied by long-term support and aftercare.

    I have never undergone surgery before, so I am not sure what to expect. I am nervous about pain after surgery. How long will my hospital stay will be and when I can return to work full time?

    A hospital stay for this procedure is often one night and most patients return to work within a week. The goal is to improve your quality of life, improve overall medical condition and increase life expectancy.

    This decision is overwhelming. Will I be able to recieve all the information upfront and access to the doctors and nurses to talk through my questions and concerns?

    Our expertise does not stop in the operating room. Einstein Bariatrics offers its own psychologists, nutritionists, physical therapists as well as organized support groups to help you make a seamless transition into your regained health, allowing you to enjoy your new beginning.

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