Frequently Asked Questions about Bariatric Surgery

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At Fresno Bariatric, we want you to feel confident that weight-loss surgery is right for you. This FAQ section is designed to give you answers to common bariatric surgery questions. If you do not find answers to your questions regarding bariatric surgery please call us at (866) 433-8558
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Bariatric surgery, also known as weight-loss surgery, is a broad description for a number of procedures designed to help morbidly obese patients lose weight in order to regain health, improve their appearance, and boost self-esteem.

Yes! Most insurance companies will pay for all or part of the surgery if patients show a documented need for the procedure. Our support staff will be happy to work with you and your insurance company throughout the approval process.

Most insurance require that surgery be done at an accredited program. Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital is accredited under the MBSAQIP program. (Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program)

Generally patients who are at least 100 pounds overweight and have a body mass index (BMI) over 40 are considered morbidly obese. Calculate your BMI.

Many life-threatening illnesses, also known as co-morbidities, are associated with obesity. The most notable of these are diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

Morbidly obese people, or those with life-threatening illnesses caused by excessive weight, are the most likely candidates for weight-loss surgery.

Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital currently offers Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass, adjustable Gastric Band, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Duodenal Switch, as well as bariatric revisions.

Results vary, but most people will lose at least 50% of their excess body weight, and some will lose 70 to 80%. Drastic weight loss is normal for the first 12 months after surgery, and then gradually tapers off.

Achieving a healthy weight can reduce or completely eliminate the co-morbidities associated with obesity. It can also increase self-esteem, improve general appearance, and give patients newfound abilities to participate in everyday life.

Like any procedure, there are risks associated with surgery. However the mortality rate is less than one percent and is considered safer than child birth or having your gallbladder taken out. Click here to find out more about risks and benefits.

Our surgeons use minimally invasive or laparoscopic techniques whenever possible. This means shorter recovery times and less pain for our patients. Most patients are up and around on the afternoon of their surgery and are discharged in a day or two.


Since your body is undergoing such rapid change, side effects associated with dramatic weight-loss are not uncommon. However, these side effects go away in time.

There are several reasons why you should choose Fresno Heart & Surgical Hospital, including:

  • World-renowned surgeons who're pioneers in the field of bariatric surgery

  • 5 Star rating from HealthGrades®, 6 years in a row and named best in the region

  • 100 percent private patient rooms

  • Exceptional care in a hotel-like environment

  • California’s Cleanest Hospital

  • Outstanding Patient Experience awards for three consecutive years