Bariatric Surgery FAQs

Are you considering bariatric weight loss surgery? Below are a series of frequently asked questions about bariatric surgery. The bariatric surgeons at BASS Medical Group 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 bariatric surgery consultation.

What constitutes being obese? What weight makes one a candidate for bariatric surgery?

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. Here is one such calculator. 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 bariatric 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 bariatric 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 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 in sleep apnea
  • Reduction in Type 2 Diabetes
  • Reduction in Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Reduction in Asthma
  • Reduction in Urinary Incontinence

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. Learn more about insurance coverage.