Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is morbid obesity?
A: Morbid obesity is weight of 100 lbs. above ideal or a body mass
index (BMI) of 40 or greater.
Q: What is Body mass index?
A: It is a calculation taking into account a person's height and
weight (See BMI Calculator under Who Qualifies).
Q: What is the incidence of morbid obesity?
A: It is almost epidemic, affecting nearly 15 million Americans.
Q: What are the surgical options for morbid obesity?
A: Surgical approaches include restrictive procedures that limit the
amount of food a patient can eat, an example being laparoscopic
gastric banding or a vertical gastric sleeve.
Other options include mal-absorptive procedures like the Roux-en-Y
gastric bypass or BPD-DS. At the Bariatric
Institute of Wisconsin we perform all of these procedures using a
minimally-invasive laparoscopic technique.
Q: What are the advantages of laparoscopic surgery?
A: Surgical procedures used to treat morbid obesity include the
traditional open technique as well as a new minimally-invasive or
laparoscopic technique as well as robotic assisted laparoscopy.
Bariatric Institute of Wisconsin offers this new minimally-invasive
laparosocpic surgery which means less postoperative pain, a shorter
hospital stay and a rapid return to normal activities. There are fewer
complications when surgery is performed laparoscopically. 99% of BIW
patients have surgery laparoscopically.
Q: How do I know what surgery to have, the
adjustable gastric band, BPD-DS, vertical sleeve gastrectomy or the
A: Your surgeon will meet with you to discuss all of the weight-loss
surgical options and recommend the procedure he feels is best suited
to your needs and overall health.
Q: Is this surgery covered by insurance?
A: Most insurance companies will cover bariatric surgery, however,
some have excluded this important health option. The Bariatric
Institute of WI has a self pay program with Blis Care.
Q: How long will I miss work?
A: Most patients miss between 2 and 4 weeks of work depending on the
type of surgery and their overall health.
Q: How much food can I eat after surgery?
A: Generally you will eat three small meals and two protein snacks a day,
totally about 1,000 calories.
Q: What can't I eat again?
A: Your first meals after surgery will be liquid, then small portions
of pureed foods will be introduced. Finally small portions of healthy
foods will be part of your regular diet. High sugar or carbohydrate
food should always be avoided.
Q: After I reach my desired weight, will I have a lot of loose skin?
If so, what can be done about that?
A: We can arrange for a consultation with a skilled plastic surgeon
for loose skin removal.
Q: When did Bariatric Surgery first become available?
A: In the 1970s.