IS REVISION SURGERY SAFE?
Revision surgeries have come a long way. For 18 years, we've been performing these procedures laparoscopically, using tiny skin incisions and cameras. We have modified the older procedures in an effort to making them safer overall. Instruments and surgical staplers have also improved over this time period adding to the safety. And of course nearly 2 decades of revision surgery experience adds to patient safety. You should know that a lot of patients have successfully undergone some type of revision procedure through us, as this a very common part of our surgical practice.
HOW MUCH WEIGHT WILL I LOSE?
Overall weight loss depends on many factors. Since you are unique, and so is your weight loss journey, diet & lifestyle, how much weight you will lose can only be estimated after putting your entire picture together, and gathering information about the bariatric surgery you had. Dr. Mehta usually starts by performing an endoscopy himself to evaluate your prior surgery.
HOW MUCH TIME OFF IS NEEDED?
20 years ago, when people underwent an open revision surgery, they would be expected to stay in the hospital for at least a week to 10 days. Now most of our patients go home the either same day, or require 1 overnight stay. Most people can resume work from home in 2 days or go to a desk job in about 3-4 days depending on the type of surgery they had. Those who can take more time off, generally take a week.
DOES INSURANCE COVER REVISION SURGERY?
In our experience, revision bariatric surgeries are usually covered by insurance. Once we contact your insurance company, we find out exactly what is covered, and can give you details. We do not proceed without your consent, and we do not send anyone surprise bills at the back end. If needed, financing is also available which can be paid off over several years.
IF INSURANCE DOESN'T COVER SURGERY, WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?
1. Options include upgrading insurance which usually happens in November for most people. You can contact us and find out which insurance benefits would best fit you.
2. Self-Pay is also an option. We have package fees that include everything... consultation, hospital OR, anesthesia, surgery, medications, overnight stay...etc.
3. Our office can sometimes get insurances to cover part of the procedure using "Split-authorization". This could save you a large amount.
4. Financing is available using Care Credit and Health Care Services Loans. These loans can be paid back on your time line.