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Sansum Clinic Bariatric Surgery Center Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for weight-loss surgery?

Patients undergoing weight-loss surgery generally have a Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 40 or 35 (with medical problems caused by obesity). They have tried several diets and are unable to keep the weight off. They may have medical problems including type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea or high cholesterol. All patients must be non-smokers and abstain from alcohol.

Is weight-loss surgery covered by my insurance?

Most insurance carriers provide insurance for bariatric procedures assuming eligibility criteria are met. Your out-of-pocket expenses may vary, however, depending on your specific plan.

What are the wait times for having surgery?

From the time of the initial consultation the average wait time is 6-8 weeks. During this time, patients undergo preoperative testing to evaluate whether surgery is a suitable option. This includes blood tests, a thorough cardiac evaluation, chest x-ray, abdominal ultrasound to evaluate the liver and gallbladder, and consultation with the registered dietician, psychologist, and other medical specialists that have expertise in a specific domain. Wait times may be longer if your insurance requires you to follow a preoperative supervised diet (3-6 months). In addition, Dr. Zerey may require you to lose weight before surgery to determine if you are able to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

What if my current weight loss surgery is not working?

Dr. Zerey has broad experience with correcting failed bariatric surgeries. Examples include Lap-Band intolerance, slipped Lap-Band, failed gastric bypass or vertical banded gastroplasty.
Many patients are referred to us from other areas of the Central Coast. Dr. Zerey performs all these revisions laparoscopically with a completion rate greater than 90%.

Which procedure is best for me?

All procedures have their individual risks and benefits as well as expected levels of effectiveness. The decision is made after an initial consultation in the office.

When will I see Dr. Zerey?

All patients interested in weight-loss surgery are invited to attend our monthly seminar on Bariatric Surgery given by Dr. Zerey. Following this, patients who are interested in proceeding with surgery are invited to contact our Bariatric Coordinator, Jessica Orozco, at INSERT PHONE NUMBER, for an initial consultation with Dr. Zerey.

How long before I can return to work?

In general, patients can return to work approximately 1-2 weeks after a laparoscopic banding and 2-3 weeks after gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy.

When do I start taking my vitamins and for how long?

Patients are encouraged to start taking a chewable multivitamin twice daily and chewable calcium citrate with vitamin D twice daily after their initial consultation with Dr. Zerey. It is important that you take vitamin-mineral supplements every day for the rest of your life to prevent vitamin deficiency.

Are there any activities that I should avoid after surgery?

Patients are encouraged to walk several times per day following their return from the hospital. Patients should wait about 4 weeks before resuming more vigorous exercise.

Find out more. Attend one of our ongoing Free Bariatric Surgery Orientation classes.

Sansum Clinic, Bariatric Surgery Center
Pueblo Multi-Specialty Clinic
317 West Pueblo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
email: bariatrics@sansumclinic.org

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