Other Bariatric Procedures
Revision Bariatric Surgery
Dr. Tersigni performs revision surgery for patients who have had complications, unsatisfactory weight loss, or weight regain. Revision surgery is associated with significantly more risks than general bariatric surgery, so it is important to discuss your options with Dr. Tersigni before making the decision to have revision surgery.
Bariatric Surgery Qualifications
Patients interested in bariatric surgery to help meet their weight loss goals must meet several qualifications. This is a major medical procedure that may be appropriate in cases where all previous, long-term efforts to lose weight have failed. Patients must have a minimum BMI or body mass index. This number is derived through a calculation based on a patient’s weight and height. It is a fairly common assessment tool used in the healthcare field. Patients must have a BMI of at least 40. For patients with a BMI of 35 or greater, surgery may still be appropriate if he or she is facing additional health care conditions where weight loss may result in a significant improvement on outlook.
These conditions include hypertension, diabetes, low back pain, and sleep apnea. Some patients may be subject to rules and regulations set forth by their insurance companies regarding bariatric surgery. Insurance providers may require that patients complete a strict 6-month diet and exercise regimen prior to approving the surgery. We will consider performing the surgery for patients who do not meet these qualifications; however, this is not generally advertised, as it is then considered a cosmetic procedure, not a medical one. Any discussion of bariatric surgery as a cosmetic procedure is discussed privately with our patients.