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Frequently Asked Questions for a Bariatric Surgeon

Are you considering bariatric weight-loss surgery? Below are a series of frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery. The surgeons at BASS Bariatric Surgery Center have been providing weight-loss treatments to patients throughout the San Francisco, Bay Area and East Bay for nearly 20 years. Our experience gives us a clear insight into the questions and concerns of patients seeking a solution to their obesity. We are here to help. Have a question that you do not see addressed below? Contact us to schedule a consultation.

What constitutes being obese?

There are several ways in which obesity is defined. One of the most commonly used methods is by BMI, or body mass index. The BMI is a measurement based on your height and weight. There are many “BMI calculators” available online which allow you to easily determine your BMI. Use our BMI calculator at the top of this page.

What weight makes one a candidate for bariatric surgery?

A person who has a BMI greater than 25% is considered overweight. If your BMI is great than 30%, you are considered obese. If your BMI is greater than 40, or if it is greater than 35 and you suffer from an obesity-related medical problem such as sleep apnea, hypertension, diabetes, etc., you are considered morbidly obese,at which point you are a candidate for bariatric weight loss surgery.

How long does the recovery process take after bariatric surgery?

After surgery, most patients are able to return to work within just one to two weeks, and are able to return to regular exercise after 4-6 weeks. Your surgeon at BASS Medical Group will work with you to create a post-bariatric surgery plan.

How much weight does one lose after weight-loss surgery?

The results of bariatric weight loss surgery are truly amazing. Patients can generally anticipate losing 50-70% of their excess weight. Studies show that the weight loss after surgery is not temporary, but is permanent, unlike after dieting. The amount of weight you lose is dependent on which weight loss surgical procedure you and your physician choose, and how well you adopt healthy eating and exercise habits. Just as important as the weight loss, is that there is an excellent chance obesity-related medical problems, such as diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, etc., will improve or completely resolve.  In addition, patients following weight loss surgery report feeling much more energetic, active, and generally able to do many things they were unable to do prior to surgery.

Will my insurance cover bariatric surgery?

The answer to this question depends on your insurance plan. However, in most cases, insurance companies cover weight-loss surgery providing you meet certain medical criteria. One of our patient coordinators at BASS Medical Group can help determine whether your insurance company covers weight-loss surgery, and can also help determine what, if any, out-of-pocket costs will be associated with bariatric surgery.

How does weight-loss surgery improve overall health?

There are many health risks associated with being overweight, especially if you suffer from morbid obesity. Weight-loss surgery can significantly improve your overall health. Some of the many benefits of weight-loss surgery include:

  • Improvements in energy and self-confidence
  • Reduction in high blood pressure and high cholesterol
  • Reduction in risk for heart disease
  • Reduction or elimination of sleep apnea
  • Reduction in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Reduction in Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Reduction in Asthma
  • Reduction in Urinary Incontinence

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Dr. Jason Moy performed by bariatric surgery last month.  I did enormous study on the surgery including watching 90 hours of video on YouTube.  Concerned about the surgery Dr. Jason Moy had an excellent bedside manner.  He is an excellent listener and very patient.  His staff is impeccable.  His confidence shown in me and the procedure remedied my nerves.  After surgery I was expecting some of the maladies I learned about after bariatric surgery.  To my surprise and because of an excellent surgery, I had minimal pain off pain meds next day, no sore throat or other irritable symptoms. I knew I was fortunate.  Fortunate to have an excellent doctor and surgeon.  If you plan to change you life and go in a better direction and get bariatric surgery I would expect you would want the best surgeon and doctor available.  I suggest you call Dr. Jason Moy.  I am sure there are other great doctors but if you are looking for a sure thing then it is Dr. Jason Moy.

Ann Gon
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I am extremely grateful for the surgery Dr.Brian Chin was able to complete. My health and self-esteem has improved since my surgery. Dr. Brian Chin is an amazing doctor and I recommend that everyone suffering from obesity and depression go see him and know that he will take care of.

Elsie Slavitz
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Life Changing Surgery

I underwent Gastric sleeve surgery with Dr. Chin not long ago. I had a wonderful experience. The process for this Bariatric weight-loss surgery was made very smooth by Dr. Chin's great staff and the preparation and advice from Dr. Chin. I would highly recommend Dr. Chin to anybody thinking about having a life changing weight-loss surgery, he's one of the best Bariatric Doctors/Surgeons in the East Bay.

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