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What is Body Mass Index?
It is an estimate of your total body fat. BMI is calculated with a formula using your weight and height. Your providers will use this number to help guide your treatment for weight loss and maintenance.
What are the primary risks related to or associated with obesity?
According to the CDC, obesity-related risks include three diseases that are the leading killers of Americans: heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Obesity also contributes to diabetes, the sixth-leading cause of death in America. In addition, occurrences of sleep apnea significantly increase with excess weight.
Why choose UT Physicians The Davis Clinic?
- Our highly-skilled surgeons who are among some of the most experienced surgeons in the nation;
- Our caring providers provide excellent guidance at both medical and surgical weight loss
- Our surgeons use evidence-based practice to bring you state of the art, safe, effective treatment for whatever surgical need you may have
- The aftercare and support programs will prepare you for long-term success by providing you with the tools, resources, and education you need to maintain a healthy life;
- We are committed to long-term follow-up care of every patient.
How might weight loss affect or improve my current medical problems?
Serious medical problems such as hypertension, type 2 diabetes (adult onset) and sleep apnea may be improved or, in many cases, completely resolved with significant weight loss. The surgeons at The Davis Clinic will consider your individual medical issues and will discuss the safest and most effective treatment modality for your obesity.
Will I need frequent visits with my surgeon after surgery?
Follow-up care with your surgeon is very important after any type of surgery. Whether you are having reflux surgery, weight loss surgery or even a hernia repair, you will need to see your surgeon afterwards. For certain types of surgery, your follow-up will be more long term. For all of our weight loss surgery patients, we are dedicated to continuing follow-up with you for life! We see all of our post-operative patients within two weeks after surgery. For our weight loss surgery patients we will continue to see you multiple times in the first year after surgery, and then annually for life.
How much does weight loss surgery cost if my insurance will not pay for it, or if I do not have health insurance coverage?
At UT Physicians The Davis Clinic, the first step is to verify whether or not you have benefits for weight-loss surgery through your health insurance policy. Our insurance specialists are experts with bariatric insurance verification, pre-certification, and approval. If you have an exclusion on your health insurance policy, we will be happy to speak with you in our office during your consultation about the options available to you if you decide to pay out of pocket. Costs vary based on procedure and hospital location.
With what insurance providers are the clinic contracted?
We are contracted with the following insurance providers:
- Aetna HMO, PPO, POS, EPO
- Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO, POS
- ChampVA -Tricare Standard (as secondary)
- Galaxy Health Network
- HealthSmart PPO
- Humana Choicecare PPO
- Medicare – Traditional (contracted for Medicare Texas patients only)
- Memorial Hermann Healthnet Providers
- Pacificare PPO
- Texas Municipal League
- Texas True Choicev
- Unicare HMO, PPO
- United Healthcare
When can I return to work after surgery?
Most people return to work within 7 to 14 days after surgery.