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Transfer of Care Patients Accepted

Provost Bariatrics is pleased to announce that we are accepting Lap-Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Bypass patients for transfer of follow-up care. All patients requesting to transfer care must have their bariatric surgery-related medical records transferred to our office and attend our post-op nutrition class.

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Weight Loss Surgery: Do You Qualify?

Most insurers adhere strictly to NIH guidelines regarding weight requirements for bariatric surgery, as determined by your body mass index (BMI). Weight loss surgery candidates generally have a BMI > 35 combined with high-risk comorbidities.

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Weight Loss Surgery: How Old is Too Old?

Weight loss surgery has only become popular as a treatment option for morbid obesity over the past 15 years. In 2010, more than 220,000 patients had weight loss surgery in the U.S., compared to only 18,100 bariatric surgeries in 1995. The majority of bariatric patients are in their 30s and 40s, but many older individuals […]

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General Dietary Guidelines for Gastric Bypass and Gastric Band Patients

What you eat, how you eat, and how much you eat changes after bariatric surgery. Your surgery helps determine the amount of food you can consume, but you determine the quality of the food. This article offers general pre- and post-operative dietary guidelines.

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Choosing a Bariatric Surgeon

Choosing a bariatric surgeon is one of the most important decisions you will ever make. After all, not only are you looking for a medical professional with the experience and expertise to minimize the risks and maximize the likelihood of success concerning your bariatric procedure — you’re also looking for a doctor who will partner with you on a lifelong journey to health and wellness.

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Will Your Insurance Company Pay for Bariatric Surgery?

“Will my insurance company pay for weight loss surgery?”
This is one of the most common questions we hear from individuals considering a bariatric procedure.
If your insurance company will not cover bariatric surgery, our financial coordinator will call you and discuss cash pay options.
If you do not have any criteria to meet, call the office at […]

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Pre-Operative Psychological / Psychiatric Evaluation

Many insurance carriers require patients to complete a pre-operative psychological evaluation as part of the approval process for bariatric surgery claims. Our Financial Coordinator will obtain your specific bariatric benefits and pre-determination requirements prior to your first consultation, so we can assist you in meeting the guidelines established by your carrier.
The Bariatric Pre-Operative Psych Evaluation […]

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Physician/Dietician Supervised Weight Loss

Prior to approving your weight loss surgery, your insurance carrier likely will mandate that you must participate in a medically supervised weight loss program.
Please have your Physician and/or Registered Dietician see you once a month with no more than 1 week between each appointment for the required number of consecutive months. This requirement must completed […]

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NIH Weight Loss Surgery Criteria

Because careful selection of bariatric patients is critical for successful outcomes, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) established patient selection guidelines for practitioners to follow.
To qualify for weight loss surgery  a person must:

be between the ages of 18 and 64
have a body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (about 100 pounds overweight […]

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Provost Bariatrics Patient Care Services Program

Provost Bariatrics wants to ensure your health and happiness as your weight loss journey progresses. For this reason, the following program services are free-of-charge:

Full-time dietician available during office hours for face-to-face or telephone counseling
Formal Nutrition Classes and Educational Materials
Patient Connections List
Before and After Photos and Photo Wall to share your journey
Bi-monthly Patient Support Group
Clothing Exchange
Patient […]

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