Locations

Piedmont Atlanta Bariatrics

1968 Peachtree Road NW
Atlanta, GA 30309

Piedmont Columbus Bariatrics

710 Center St.
Columbus, GA 31901

Piedmont Newnan Bariatrics

745 Poplar Road
Newnan, GA 30265

Piedmont Walton Bariatrics

2151 West Spring Street
Monroe, GA 30655

Bariatric Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is bariatric surgery right for everyone?

Although bariatric surgery is the most effective way to lose weight for individuals who are morbidly obese, you will not have lasting results if you are not committed to diet and exercise changes for the long-term.  The decision to have surgery is best made with the help of a physician, who will take into account your medical history and long-term commitment.
 

Will my age be a factor of whether I am a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Our surgeons typically perform surgery on individuals who are 18 to 70 years of age.  However, in some cases individuals above this age range may be considered.
 

How do I get started with your bariatric surgery program?

The first step in our program is to attend a free bariatric surgery seminar.  Register for a seminar today.
 

After the first appointment, how long is it before the surgery occurs?

Typically, the timeframe is anywhere from 2 to 6 months, however it is dependent on your specific condition and insurance requirements. Patients usually require diet, exercise, psychological and sleep apnea evaluations, as well as medical testing. If you have several co-morbid conditions, you may require more tests/evaluations. Some insurance providers require three to six month of consecutive visits with the dietitian. 
 

Does insurance cover the cost of the procedure?

Insurance coverage depends on your individual healthcare policy. Some insurers will cover the surgery if a patient has certain medical conditions, while others may not. Please check with your insurance company to determine the terms of coverage. Piedmont also offers self-pay options for those who would like to pay out of pocket.

For help with paying for your treatment at Piedmont Columbus Regional, Prosper Healthcare Lending provides financing options for bariatric procedures. Patients can even use these services toward deductibles. Submit a loan inquiry at prosper.com/vib/healthcare/.
 

How much weight does a patient lose?

Weight loss depends on individual factors such as exercise and eating habits; no two patients’ weight loss will be the same. However, there are some general weight loss guidelines. On average, patients who have a gastric bypass, tend to lose about 70% of their excess body weight. Patients who have the sleeve gastrectomy usually lose 60% of their excess weight.  The largest amount of weight loss is typically achieved with the Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch nearing 70 to 80 % of excess body weight. 
 

When will I start losing weight?

Typically, you begin losing weight immediately after surgery.
 

Can I smoke prior to or after bariatric surgery?

Your surgeon will require you to stop smoking at least six weeks prior to bariatric surgery.  To prevent poor wound healing, stomach ulcers, and breathing issues after surgery we recommend you continue to avoid smoking long-term.
 

Can a person become pregnant after weight loss surgery?

Yes, but women should try to avoid becoming pregnant for at least 18 months following surgery.
 

How long will I have to stay in the hospital after surgery?

Generally, hospital stays are between 1 and 3 days, but vary according to surgery and patient’s individual needs.
 

How long will I be off of work after surgery?

You can expect to return to work at least two weeks after surgery.  If you have a more physically active job, you may need to stay out of work closer to four weeks.
 

Do I have to take vitamins after weight loss surgery?

Yes!  A commitment you make when having weight loss surgery is that you will take vitamins for the rest of your life.  You will be eating a significantly less amount of food and may absorb some foods differently.  Your vitamin regimen will vary depending on your surgical choice, but will likely include multivitamins, calcium, vitamin B-12, and iron supplementation.  Serious health conditions can occur if you do not take your vitamins on a routine basis, including anemia, poor bone health, tingling of hands and feet, vision abnormalities and more.
 

Will I have to follow a special diet after surgery?

For the first few months after weight loss surgery you are on a special eating plan to allow for adequate healing, however the ideal long-term plan is to follow a healthier lifestyle rather than a “diet”.  You will start with clear liquids, advance to purees, and finally reach solid foods about four weeks after surgery.  When you meet with our registered dietitian for your pre-surgical nutrition appointments, you will receive a detailed packet on the meal plan for after surgery.
 

Will I experience nausea, vomiting, or constipation after bariatric surgery?

Nausea, vomiting, and constipation can and do occur after bariatric surgery.  Eating too quickly, eating certain foods, or drinking with meals may cause nausea or vomiting.  At some point, most patients will experience an episode of vomiting.  Generally this is self-initiated and will improve with time and experience. Constipation is typically caused by vitamin supplementation such as iron, decreased intake of high fiber foods, certain medications, or dehydration.
 

Will I regain weight?

If you are not committed to long-term weight loss (i.e., using appropriate diet and exercise regimens), you may experience weight regain. Metabolic surgery is a tool to lose weight; your commitment to a healthier lifestyle plays a large role in your long-term success.
 

Will I need to have plastic surgery after weight loss surgery?

Deciding to have plastic surgery after weight loss is an individualized decision.  Some patients decide to have plastic surgery due to excessive sagging skin or rashes that develop in skin folds.  We recommend you not consider plastic surgery until at least 18 months after bariatric surgery.  Insurance providers often do not cover many plastic surgery procedures.