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Frequently Asked Bariatric Surgery Questions (FAQs)

Here are frequently asked about bariatric surgery questions and options available at Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare. Choose a weight loss surgery question below to view the answer.

What is bariatric surgery?

Bariatric surgery, also commonly referred to as “stomach stapling” or “weight loss surgery,” is available to people whose other weight loss and obesity treatment options have failed.

How do I know if I’m a candidate for bariatric surgery?

If you are more than 100 pounds above your ideal weight or have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or greater, you may be a candidate for bariatric surgery. Your likelihood of becoming a bariatric surgery candidate is increased if you have other health related illnesses or limitations because of excess weight. Get your BMI.

How do I decide whether surgery is right for me?

Speak with a surgeon who specializes in bariatric surgery. Your surgeon will help you make a decision based on your individual needs and lifestyle. Find a bariatric surgeon.

What bariatric surgery options are available and how will I know which type to have?

Bariatric surgery options are dependent upon each individual’s health and needs. Some options include procedures that limit the amount of food a patient can eat, such as laparoscopic gastric banding or a vertical gastric sleeve. Other options include malabsorptive procedures like the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass or BPD-DS.

Your bariatric surgeon, a bariatric coordinator and other members of our team will meet with you to discuss all of your weight loss options and recommend a procedure that is best suited to your needs and overall health.

Learn about each of these and other bariatric surgery options.

Can these procedures be performed in a minimally invasive way?

Yes, all bariatric surgeries at Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus can be performed using a minimally invasive laparoscopic technique.

What are the advantages of laparoscopic surgery?

Laparoscopic surgery means less pain, a shorter hospital stay and a quicker return to normal activities. There are fewer complications when surgery is performed laparoscopically, and that's why nearly all bariatric surgery patients at Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook Memorial Campus have their surgery done laparoscopically.

Do you offer robotic bariatric surgery?

Yes, Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook Memorial Campus has a da Vinci® robotic system, and our bariatric surgeons routinely perform robotic bariatric procedures. To determine if robotic-assisted bariatric surgery is right for you, speak with one of our experienced bariatric surgeons.

Will my insurance cover bariatric surgery?

Insurance company requirements and coverage vary for bariatric surgery. Ask your insurance company for details.

If my insurance company does not offer coverage for bariatric surgery, is there another way I can pay for it?

Yes, Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus and the Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin offer a discounted self-pay bariatric surgery package that includes the pre-operative phase through the post-operative phase and has BLIS insurance attached.

How much does bariatric surgery cost?

Costs vary depending on the type of procedure and individual needs. In the long term, however, the personal and insured costs related to morbid obesity can far outweigh the cost of bariatric surgery.

Your physician’s office will discuss your options, expected costs and insurance coverage in advance of surgery being scheduled.

Do I have to attend a bariatric seminar before surgery?

Yes, bariatric surgery is not a choice you can make on impulse, and it’s not a surgery we will perform without thorough education and consideration.

For your safety and well-being, we want to make sure you have as many opportunities as possible to ask every question you can think of and that you have received every bit of information you can. Seminars at Wheaton Franciscan – Elmbrook Memorial Campus are offered monthly and are free of charge.

Register for an upcoming session.

If I am from out of town, do I have to do all of my follow-up care at Elmbrook Memorial?

Your first check up with your bariatric surgeon should be done at Wheaton Franciscan - Elmbrook Memorial Campus or Wheaton Franciscan Medical Group - Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin. After that, some exceptions may be possible.

It is always best if your surgeon can see you in person, but when this is not possible, other arrangements may be made. Several hotels near Elmbrook Memorial offer discounts for our patients and families.

I want to lose weight, but I’m not a candidate for bariatric surgery. Are there other options for me?

Yes, we offer medical weight management to anyone looking to lose weight. Throughout our Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, we have weight loss counselors, dietitians, physicians and other specialists who can give you one-on-one advice on topics that include nutrition, exercise, behavior, overall health, your attitude toward losing weight and more.

We suggest starting with your primary care physician. If you don’t have a primary care physician, we can help! Find a doctor.

For More Information

Learn more about Elmbrook Memorial's bariatric surgery program by calling 262-785-7770.

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