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Considering Bariatric Surgery? Do You Have the Support You Need to Succeed?

Bariatric weight loss surgery is a procedure that requires making a momentous decision that will change your life. However, deciding which procedure is right for you is just one part of your weight loss journey. After deciding to undergo bariatric surgery, you may feel anxious or unsure of what to expect. After bariatric surgery, you will need to make sustainable changes to maximize and retain your weight loss results for years to come. During each stage, you need a support system that will help you know what to expect, give you unique insight, accountability, and help answer questions along the way. Inspire Bariatrics is here to guide you each step of the way alongside our accredited Centers of Excellence.

  • Prospective patient considering bariatric surgery
  • Pre-op, meaning you have decided to undergo and been approved for bariatric surgery
  • Post-op, meaning you have already had bariatric surgery

Bariatric support groups are cost-free and led by experienced professionals. These groups provide support without judgment and are proven to increase the likelihood of achieving and maintaining long-term weight loss.

Inspire Bariatrics highly recommends participating in a support group. There are bariatric surgery support groups in and near McKinney, Frisco, Plano, Dallas, Fort Worth, and surrounding areas. Find your group below!

Weight Loss Surgery Support Groups

Please contact our office for more information.

Online Weight Loss Programs

Facebook Bariatric Support Group Online

Over 10,000 people have joined the Bariatric Support Group Online on Facebook. The group was started by Michel Demma, who states he lost 200 pounds in the first year after the procedure and 250 pounds total. The group is open to people in all stages of bariatric surgery, from considering the procedure to those working to support each other post-op.

Join the Bariatric Support Group on Facebook here.

Vitamins, weight loss pills, and additional supplements

Celebrate® develops specialized bariatric vitamins and nutritional supplements for people that are either losing weight under the care of a physician, or have had (or will be having) a surgical weight loss procedure.

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Weight Loss Surgery Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is the cost of weight loss surgery?

The cost of bariatric (weight loss) surgery may be different based on the type of procedure you receive and your chosen provider. The cost of weight-loss surgeries ranges depending on insurance plans and coverage. Gastric bypass surgery is the most expensive and gastric sleeve and lap-band surgery are on the lower end of that range.

Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery? What are weight loss surgery requirements?

Most forms of weight loss surgery require a minimum BMI (Body Mass Index) number. The minimum BMI needed for weight loss surgery varies depending on the chosen weight loss surgery, procedure, insurance requirements, and provider. General requirements include reaching a BMI number of 30 or higher. Patients with type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypercholesterolemia, or high blood pressure may have a higher probability of qualifying for bariatric surgery. Patients with a BMI of greater than 40 may also qualify for bariatric surgery with no “co-morbidities” or illnesses.  Patients with a BMI of 30-34.9 may also benefit from bariatric surgery, but most insurances do not cover it in this case.

Calculate your BMI and learn more about the requirements for weight loss surgery at Inspire Bariatrics.

What are the types of weight loss surgery?

What can you expect after bariatric surgery?

Recovery times are different for each type of weight loss surgery. Our surgeons, Dr. McCalman and Dr. Peery will discuss recovery time in detail with you at your appointment.

How much weight can you lose with bariatric surgery?

The type of surgery and your commitment to developing beneficial habits will impact your results. By making long-lasting changes, losing 45-120 pounds or more after bariatric surgery is entirely possible! How much to lose depends on where you started, what surgery you decided on, and how much you are able to work with that surgery to lose weight.  Many patients lose well beyond their initial goal!