Combined Medical Weight Loss and Bariatric Surgery
The UT MIST Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery and the Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance (COMMP) offer our Houston patients numerous options to lose weight safely, improve their health, and enhance their quality of life. These include traditional and minimally invasive surgical alternatives, medically managed weight loss plans, and a combined medical weight loss and bariatric surgery approach.
Although our patients are excited to see the number on the scale gradually decrease, we are just as satisfied to see their health slowly improve, their obesity-related health conditions resolve, and their need for medications reduce or disappear altogether. The physicians and staff at UT MIST are there for you, and our goal is to give you access to every kind of tool you will need to succeed on your journey to better health and wellness.
To learn more about how you can achieve ideal results from a combined approach of medical weight loss and bariatric surgery, phone our office at (713) 892-5500, or request your consultation online.
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Why Choose Weight Loss Surgery and Medical Management in Houston?
UT MIST patients who opt for weight loss surgery with comprehensive medical management do so for a variety of reasons. Some want to prepare for bariatric, orthopedic, or other kinds of surgery. Sometimes their surgeon requires that they lose a certain percentage of weight prior to surgery, so they seek the expertise of the medical weight-loss team at the Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance to help them achieve those important goals. In addition, most health insurance providers, including Medicare, require documentation of at least 6 to 12 months of weight-loss attempts before authorizing coverage for most bariatric procedures, so it makes sense to get professional help to meet this requirement.
Other patients may have already had a prior bariatric procedure, but have stopped losing or have regained some or all of their lost weight. They may wish to try a medical approach alone, or they may choose to undergo a minimally invasive revision procedure, understanding that they need to acquire additional tools this time to keep the weight off. Whatever your reason for choosing combined medical weight loss and bariatric surgery, the staff of UT MIST and COMMP promise to give 110% to help you achieve and sustain your goal.
What Are the Benefits of Combining Weight Loss and Surgery?
The benefits of combined medical weight loss and surgery depend on various factors. For patients who will undergo a bariatric procedure, losing weight before the operation greatly reduces potential problems that may arise during the operation: the lower the BMI, the lower the risk of complications during surgery. Losing weight prior to surgery also speeds the recovery process and leads to fewer post-surgical complications.
Following surgery, participation in a customized medical program that stresses intensive lifestyle modification (nutritional intervention, behavior modification, patient-centered physical activity, and pharmaceutical intervention, if needed) typically improves outcomes for bariatric surgery patients, helping them maximize their weight loss and maintain their new target weight for the rest of their lives.
In a nutshell, the benefits of combined medical weight loss and surgery are all about getting where you want to be and staying there. UT MIST can help you do both.
What Is the Cost of Combining a Medical Program and Surgery?
The cost of a combined medical weight loss program and surgery varies among insurance providers. Most will cover bariatric surgery when an individual meets specific criteria, including BMI and obesity-related health conditions, while medical management of weight loss is typically not covered by insurance. Sometimes, however, it makes sense to spend a small amount now to improve your health so that you save thousands of dollars in future obesity-related health costs. During your consultation, you can find out more about fees and financing. We will also help you understand which weight-loss options are right for you.
The entire team at the Center for Obesity Medicine and Metabolic Performance understands how important bariatric weight-loss procedures are to the well-being and health of our patients. That's why we dedicate ourselves to providing additional ongoing support in the form of medical management and personalized follow-up care to optimize your surgical tool.