Surgical Weight Loss Info

Am I overweight enough to get surgery?
What’s a BMI and how do I know mine?
How do I know if my insurance covers weight loss surgery?
What does weight loss surgery cost?
How Can I Learn More about Surgical Weight Loss?
Can I talk to actual patients about Surgical Weight Loss?
I have more questions about Surgical Weight Loss, how can I contact you?
After the Surgery- Information for my Primary Care Provider

Have you tried over and over again to lose weight, only to fail? Or if you did lose weight did the weight come right back the second you stop eating and running like a rabbit? Do you have more than 50 lbs to lose? Have you developed health problems like Diabetes, High Blood Pressure, Sleep Apnea, Fatty Liver or Knee Arthritis? If any of these describe you, Surgical Weight Loss might be right for you. Click How Can I Learn More about Surgical Weight Loss? to learn more.

Am I overweight enough to get surgery?

A Candidate for Bariatric Surgery must have a BMI of over 40, OR over 35 with associated medical problems such as Diabetes, High Blood Pressure or Sleep Apnea. The term “Morbid Obesity” refers to a BMI over 40, or over 35 with medical problems.

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What’s a BMI and how do I know mine?

BMI stands for Body Mass Index. It is calculated by dividing your weight in kilograms by your height in meters squared. It is used to standardize weight comparisons for medical reasons. Click on the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute link here (http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/) to calculate your BMI and learn about healthy BMIs.

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How do I know if my insurance covers weight loss surgery?

Call the customer service number on the back of your insurance card. Ask if your personal policy covers the Surgical Treatment for Morbid Obesity which has the diagnosis code 278.01. If they do, ask your insurance company to send you the Medical Policies for weight loss surgery, so that you can bring in a copy to show us what your specific plan covers. This will greatly expedite getting pre-authorization for your procedure.Some insurance policies cover only certain weight loss operations. If you want to know whether or not your plan covers a specific procedure, ask the Customer Service representative about the one in which you are interested, and give the representative the procedure code to look up:

  • “BYPASS” (Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass)– CPT Code 43644
  • “SLEEVE” (Laparoscopic Restrictive Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) – CPT Code 43775
  • “BAND” (Laparoscopic Gastric Band) – CPT Code 43770
  • Revision Bariatric Surgery – CPT Code 43848

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What does weight loss surgery cost?

Patients should be aware that there are sometimes out-of-pocket expenses associated with doctor visits and operations, such as co-pays, cost-sharing and deductibles. The patient expenses vary by plan, and the patient is ultimately responsible for those expenses. Patients should contact their insurance companies to be prepared for the “patient responsibility” part of the weight loss surgery costs.We do have Self Pay options for those patients who do not wish to or cannot use Health Insurance to pay for Bariatric Surgery. The cost varies by operation and associated hospital. Please ask the Bariatric Coordinator about these plans or you can call our office at 312-9444.

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How Can I Learn More about Surgical Weight Loss?

ATTEND A FREE INFORMATION SESSION AND FIND OUT IF SURGICAL WEIGHT LOSS IS RIGHT FOR YOU
We hold a free seminar once a month in cooperation with the Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, Virginia’s leading Surgical Weight Loss Program. You can call 673-5990 to schedule a seat at our next seminar, or contact our office directly at 312-9444.

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Can I talk to actual patients about Surgical Weight Loss?

CHECK OUT THE SUPPORT GROUP MEETING AND TALK TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD WEIGHT LOSS SURGERY
The CRMC Bariatric Surgery Support Group meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30pm. Dr. Chastanet generally attends these meetings to answer questions and emphasize the importance of the group. CRMC requires attendance to at least one meeting prior to your surgery. Support group attendance also increases your success after your operation.

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I have more questions about Surgical Weight Loss, how can I contact you?

Most questions are answered during the information seminars, but if you have special circumstances or still have questions after the seminar, pleaseCALL OR E-MAIL US WITH YOUR QUESTIONS
Call us 9am-5pm at 312-9444 or email our administrator at michelle@chesapeakeweightloss.org or email the surgeon himself at doctorbob@chesapeakeweightloss.orgAlternatively, if you have already researched Bariatric Surgical options, or your Primary Care Provider has referred you, you can make an appointment here for your initial consultation first, and attend the class and support group later. Always check first with your insurance company to see which, if any, Surgical Weight Loss options are covered services, and if you need a PCP referral or can “self-refer” to us.

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After the Surgery- Information for my Primary Care Provider

After the surgery you will have some dietary and medical restrictions and will need to take vitamins and have regular check-ups. Many Primary Care Providers are uncomfortable and/or unfamiliar with the recommendations we give Surgical Weight Loss Patients. Of the three weight loss operations (band, sleeve and gastric bypass), the gastric bypass has the greatest weight loss, but also the highest nutritional risk, so we give each of our gastric bypass patients a copy of the attached educational sheet to give to the PCP. Some of the restrictions and concerns are less with the other procedures, but proper nutrition and follow-up remain important. Your surgeon will review these in detail with you both before and after the operation. Click here for our physician paper: Caring for Post-Gastric Bypass Patients.

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Our Patient Forms can be accessed by clicking the link below:

CWL Administrative Data Sheet

CWL Release of Information to CWL

CWL Medication Reconciliation

HIPPA Consent Form

How Much Does It Cost

Weight Loss Readiness Questionnaire

Chesapeake Weight Loss No Show policy

Patient History Questionnaire