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Q. What Is Bariatric Surgery?

A. Bariatric Surgery, or weight loss surgery, is the process of assisting obese or extremely obese patients in losing weight through surgical methods. There are many different forms of Bariatric surgery that are designed to shrink or limit the amount of food the patient’s stomach can consume.

To learn more about our Bariatric surgeries, please click here.

Q. How Do I Pay for Weight Loss Surgery?

A. Thankfully, many insurance plans cover weight loss surgery for qualifying patients. At Marina Weight Loss Center, nearly 90% of our patients have some form of coverage, making it easier than ever before to take control of your health.

Our renowned weight loss center is happy to assist you in planning and preparing for your desired weight loss surgery. To learn more about our financing options, please click here.

Q. Is There a Specific Bariatric Diet I Need to Follow?

A. Yes. Although your weight loss surgery will assist you in your weight loss efforts, to achieve the best, long-term results, diet and exercise are crucial.

At Marina Weight Loss Center, we have a team of nutritionists and physicians on staff that are prepared to assist you in creating a comprehensive diet and exercise plan that will fit seamlessly into your lifestyle.

This plan will help you achieve your weight loss goals faster than ever before and help you adjust to your new, healthy lifestyle.

Q. How is Life After Bariatric Surgery?

A. Many patients or other interested in Bariatric surgery believe that it is a quick fix to aid in weight loss. This is not the case. While your surgery will help you control your portions, diet and exercise are a crucial part of your long-term success.

At Marina Weight Loss Center, we encourage all of our patients to join support groups and meet with our nutritionists and physicians regularly. This will help you stay focused and committed to your weight loss efforts in order to achieve the best possible results.

If you are struggling to stay focused after surgery or are looking for more information regarding our weight loss procedures, click here to learn about our informative and engaging seminars and support groups.

Q. How Do I Qualify for Weight Loss Surgery?

A. At Marina Weight Loss Center, we qualify patients that have a BMI of 30 or 35+ to receive treatment. We also ask that you come in for a consultation. At your consultation, our doctors will look into the top portion of your stomach to ensure that you are healthy enough to accept treatment.

To see if you are qualified, reach out to us today!

Q. What if I Don’t Quality for Weight Loss Surgery?

A. If your BMI levels are too low or your stomach is not strong enough to receive surgery, there’s no need to worry. Our staff at Marina Weight Loss Center is dedicated to finding you the best solution for your needs. We offer a series of non-surgical procedures that are designed to aid in your weight loss efforts.

Our team is composed of specialized surgeons, nutritionists, physicians, and more that are eager to help create a customized weight loss plan for your lifestyle. Contact us today to get started.

Q. Is Plastic Surgery Covered After Bariatric Surgery?

A. It depends on your specific case. In the event that you have lost an immense amount of weight and were left with excess skin, you may qualify for plastic surgery.

At Marina Weight Loss Center, we have seen that many of our patients with dramatic weight loss results may need medical attention for areas, including:

  • Face
  • Breasts
  • Arms
  • Abdomen
  • Thighs
  • Buttocks, and more

If you have previously undergone weight loss surgery and experience pain or discomfort from excess skin, reach out to us right away. We are happy to assist you in finding the best solution to remedy this problem.

Q. What Happens if I Gain Weight After Bariatric Surgery?

A. This is not uncommon. For patients that have opted for gastric bypass or other stomach-altering procedures, it is common that the stomach stretches back out to its normal size in the event that a proper diet and exercise plan was not followed.

This can be reversed in many ways. At Marina Weight loss center, we offer a series of revision procedures that are designed to help shrink the stomach and aid in maintaining your weight loss. To learn more about these procedures, please click here.

Q. What Are the Benefits of Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A. Over the years, gastric bypass surgery has been one of the most effective weight loss procedures for reducing obesity, obesity related diabetes, and other health related conditions. Most patients are able to successfully reach their goals, and retain them in the long-term.

The health benefits of reducing obesity are numerous, and they may include:

  • Remission or disappearance of diabetes-related symptoms
  • Improvement of high blood pressure
  • Reduction of other symptoms of metabolic syndrome
  • Increased mobility
  • Improved respiratory function
  • Improvement of orthopedic issues — joints, bones, muscles
  • Longer life expectancy

Q. When Can I Get Back to Work After Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A. Getting back to work is a primary concern for many people. While this varies based on the individual and the type of work performed, returning to work after two weeks is not unreasonable. Some people take additional time off to ensure that they recuperate fully.

In general, with the use of less-invasive modern surgical techniques, gastric bypass recovery time is relatively short. The exact length varies from patient to patient. Usually, the patient is out of our weight loss center and at home within two days, and the recovery period typically lasts for a total of two weeks.

Q. Are There Any Risks Associated with Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A. With any type of medical surgery, there are risks involved. Because we perform our gastric bypass surgery laparoscopically, the risks are generally lower—especially in comparison with the benefits you can receive.

Long-term results include greater mobility and higher energy, the possible remission of weight-related conditions like diabetes, and a longer life expectancy. We are available to answer any of your questions or concerns.

Q. What Complications Can Develop from Gastric Bypass Surgery?

A. Sometimes, side effects develop. Although these may not be serious, it is important that you consult with the appropriate medical professional to confirm whether further evaluation is needed. Of course, you should always feel free to contact our office any time you have questions or concerns regarding your surgery or your health. As a patient with us, you will have access to our program’s registered nurse.

A known complication of gastric bypass surgery is “dumping syndrome,” which can result from eating sweets or eating quickly. Some of the hallmarks of dumping syndrome are sweating, dizziness, anxiety, and other complications. If you experience these symptoms, you should call your doctor, because follow up care may be required.

Q. What Are the Benefits of Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

A. While the gastric sleeve can assist you in portion control, it is also crucial that you adopt a sensible eating plan and reasonable routine for activity. When these strategies are combined, you can expect to receive the following benefits:

  • Remission or disappearance of diabetes-related symptoms
  • Improvement of high blood pressure
  • Reduction of other symptoms of metabolic syndrome
  • Increased mobility
  • Improved respiratory function
  • Improvement of orthopedic issues — joints, bones, muscles
  • Longer life expectancy

Q. How Long will Recovery Take?

A. At Marina Weight Loss Center, we have been awarded as a Bariatric Center of Excellence. Our staff is committed to your health before, during, and after treatment. After your procedure has been completed, you will be transferred to one of our private Bariatric suites, where our experienced medical staff will care for you until you are ready to go home. Recovery from the gastric sleeve surgery will take no more than two days in our center, and a week or so at home.

Q. Are There Any Risks with Gastric Sleeve Surgery?

A. At Marina Weight Loss Center, we perform our gastric sleeve surgery laparoscopically. This surgical method allows you to have less risks than open procedures, and ensure a faster recovery time.

Our doctors ensure that you encounter as little risk as possible so you can start receiving the immense benefits of this procedure faster. Long-term results include greater mobility and higher energy, the possible remission of weight-related condition like diabetes, and a longer life expectancy.

These, and other side effects, are short term and after the patient becomes acclimated to the new stomach anatomy, they will pass. Complications of surgery are more serious but also more rare than side effects.

Q. Can This Surgery Result in Any Complications?

A. Although it is not likely you experience any complications from this low-risk procedure, it is important that you consult with the appropriate medical professional in the event that you experience:

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  • Persistent stomach pain
  • Fever
  • Chest or shoulder pain
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea/ vomiting
  • Although these may not be serious, it is important that you consult with the appropriate medical professional to confirm whether further evaluation is needed. Of course, you should always feel free to contact our office any time you have questions or concerns regarding your surgery or your health.

    Q. How Can I Decrease my Chances of Gaining Weight After Surgery

    A. Although many patients will not experience weight gain after surgery, there is a possibility that it can happen to some extent. To help you avoid this issue, here are a few things to consider adopting in your life:

    • Join and participate in a support group
    • Lose as much weight as you can before you get surgery
    • Look into nutritional counseling for food and exercise plans
    • Address alcohol and drug abuse problems

    By following these few simple tips, you will be able to decrease the likelihood of regaining the weight you lost after surgery.

    Q. How Do You Qualify for Bariatric Revision Surgery?

    A. Unfortunately, there is not a single answer for this question. Qualifying for revision surgery depends on your specific case. To better understand whether or not you need revision surgery, please consult with us. We will be able to determine the best way to help you get back on track.

    Q. What Type of Revision Surgery Do I Need?

    A. Depending on the type of surgery you had received initially, this answer will vary. In some cases, minor adjustments can be made to remedy or stabilize your weight gain. In other cases, a more drastic method might be needed.

    Our doctors at Marina Weight Loss Center will be able to determine the best, most effective type of Bariatric revision weight loss surgery for your needs. Do not hesitate to reach out to us today to discuss your options.

    Q. What are the Benefits of the ROSE Procedure?

    A. There are many benefits associated with the ROSE procedure. When you choose the ROSE procedure for your weight loss journey, you can expect a quick, painless, and effective surgery. Because this procedure is endoscopic, you will not have any cuts or incisions, therefore, leaving you with zero scarring. Not only will you be able to jumpstart your weight loss, but you will also be receiving one of the most advanced Bariatric procedures out there. To learn more about this procedure, reach out to our staff today.

    Q. How Long Does it Take to Recover From the ROSE Procedure?

    A. The ROSE procedure one of the least invasive procedure that we offer. Because there are no incisions or cuts, recovery is quite rapid. The ROSE procedure is usually done as an outpatient procedure, meaning that you can expect to go home within a day.

    Q. Are There Any Risks Associated with the ROSE Procedure?

    A.There is minimal risk of any complications or serious side-effects, though, as with any medical procedure, risk do exist. If any unusual discomfort or alarming symptoms appear, seek medical attention right away.

    Choosing ORBERA™ is a step in the right direction to a happy and healthy life. We understand that it’s not that simple to make this decision. The more informed you are about this procedure, the more comfortable you can be making this decision. To help you better understand this popular weight loss surgery, we have compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions below.

    ORBERA™ is a minimally invasive procedure that allows you to create a healthy lifestyle, without the need for extensive recovery. While weight loss varies from person to person, by following a comprehensive diet and exercise plan, you will be able to ensure the best results.

    Q. What are the Benefits of ORBERA™?

    A. By choosing ORBERA™, you will experience a wide variety of benefits. Not only will you be able to lose weight and reach your goals, but do so in a way that involves little risks to your health.

    Q. What Happens if the Intragastric Balloon Deflates or Leaks?

    A. While this is extremely rare, if the intragastric balloon deflates or leaks, consult with us right away. You can tell if this has happened to you if you do not feel full after eating. Our doctors will be able to conduct an x-ray to determine if this has occurred to you and arrange the best way to move forward.

    Q. Are There Any Risks Associated with the ORBERA™?

    A. Although there are risks associated with any type of surgery, the ORBERA™ weight loss procedure is very low-risk. Because this procedure is minimally invasive and performed laparoscopically, you will avoid the common risks of open procedures. Not only will you remain healthy during and after the surgery, you will also be able to recover quickly and get back to your life without any discomfort.

    Making the decision to have weight loss surgery can be greatly rewarding, but also very overwhelming. To help you better understand this procedure, please read through our frequently asked questions below. With these answers, you will be able to feel more comfortable in your decision and be able to start living the healthy, happy lifestyle you have always dreamed of.

    Q. What are the Benefits of Choosing the Lap Band Surgery?

    A. There are many benefits that are associated with the lap band surgery. Today, the lap band is the only adjustable Bariatric option in the country. This system allows you to increase or decrease your weight loss efforts by simply administering a shot of saline solution into the band. This can help you achieve long-term weight loss for an overall healthier lifestyle.

    Q. How Does the Lap Band Differ from Gastric Bypass?

    A. Another major benefit to this procedure is that it requires no altering of your organs. There is no stapling, moving, or cutting your stomach. The lap band simply wraps around your stomach, creating a small pouch to assist in portion control.

    With gastric bypass surgery, your stomach is stapled to form a smaller pouch, and a portion of your small intestine is attached to the pouch to bypass the larger portion. This procedure permanently changes the shape and structure of your stomach.

    Q. When Can I Get Back to Work After the Procedure

    A. One of the biggest concerns with the lap band procedure, like many of our Bariatric procedures, is the recovery time. Because the lap band procedure is one of the least invasive weight loss surgeries to date, you can be back to work in no more than a week.

    To continue exercising, we suggest that you wait an additional five to six weeks to ensure your body is fully recovered.

    Q. What Bariatric Procedures Use the STARR Treatment?

    A. The STARR treatment is used for a wide variety of weight loss procedures. OUr doctors can perform the following surgeries using the STARR treatment:

    • Lap Band
    • Gastric Sleeve

    To learn more about how this treatment is used to perform these weight loss procedures, please reach out to us. Our doctors are more than happy to walk you through this process to ensure you are fully aware of the specifics of each procedure.

    Q. How Do I Know if I Qualify for the STARR Treatment?

    A. Like all Bariatric surgeries, we require that you are of 30 or 35+ BMI or higher. We will also require you to come in for a consultation to take a look at the top of your stomach to ensure that you are fitted with the right weight loss solution for your body.

    We will get to know you and your goals to determine if the STARR treatment is the best choice for your individual needs. To learn if you qualify for this minimally invasive procedure, please reach out to us today.

    Q. How Soon Will I Be Able to Get Back to Work after the STARR Treatment?

    A. One of the biggest advantages of the STARR treatment is the quick recovery time. Because this procedure only requires one, single incision, recovery time should be no more than one week. This will allow your body to adjust to the procedure and ensure that you are completely ready to be active in the workplace.