The Surgical Weight Loss Program at Ochsner
Bariatric Surgery is a tool that aids in weight loss, resolution of co-morbid conditions and increased quality of life for patients. In order to achieve and maintain success following bariatric surgery, proper diet, vitamin supplementation and daily exercise are essential. Our staff have designed a nutrition binder that will help patients adhere to that success before and after surgery.
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Ochsner Surgical Weight Loss Program Locations
- New Orleans
- Baton Rouge
While we strive to serve all qualified patients, there are certain insurance plans that do not have sufficient bariatric surgery benefits, and some plans that we do not accept. Currently the Bariatric Surgery Clinic does not accept Medicaid or any Managed Medicaid Programs (such as Bayou Health). However, surgery is still an option for otherwise qualified patients at a cash price. All benefits are reviewed by our Patient Financial Services team prior to surgery, and cash prices and financing options may be discussed with the Bariatric Financial Counselor at, or prior to initial consultation.
Who Should Consider Weight Loss Surgery
The National Institute for Health consensus conference in 1991 established widely accepted guidelines and indications for the surgical management of severe obesity and endorsed the gastric bypass with Roux-en-Y as the most effective means for treating the obese patient. Weight loss surgery is designed for individuals with a BMI of 40 or greater and whose weight severely impairs their quality of life. Individuals with a BMI between 35-40 who have known co-morbidities may also be considered for surgery.
There are many factors that determine whether a person would make a good candidate for bariatric surgery. A reasonable attempt at losing weight with a non-surgical method must be demonstrated. This may include a physician assisted program. Some insurance companies will require one to have attempted such a program as criteria for coverage of a weight loss surgery. Another factor in determining if someone is a candidate for surgery is their understanding and commitment to the life-long changes that will be required to make this a success. It is important that an individual make an informed decision and have the knowledge to do this. The benefits, risks and complications will all be explained in depth to enable one to decide whether they are able to make this commitment.
Good results after the surgical procedure require continued dieting and an exercise plan. It is essential that one understand this concept pre-operatively, and not have the expectation that the operation will remove personal responsibility and dedication from the weight loss equation.
Take Your First Step Today
View our online seminar to begin your journey in weight loss.