Patients ideally should meet the following guidelines.
- Communication Access. You must have a reliable E-mail
address that can accept "attachments" and that is not
associated with your place of employment. It must be a
personal email address.
- Preoperative Screening Information. You must complete
the online patient information form.
- Age between 16 and 65. Rare exceptions are made to very
well motivated, very well informed patients who have the
strong support of their families and their physicians.
- A BMI of 40 kg/m2 or above, or a BMI of 35 to 40 kg/m2 with
comorbidity. A good rule of thumb is a body weight of over
100 lbs above your ideal body weight. A body weight no more
than 350 lbs.
- Patients must presently be working, either in or out of the home.
Patients who are students or stay at home moms or dads can meet these
guidelines if they are mobile and able to be active. Disabled
and wheelchair-bound patients are generally not good candidates for
the surgery however each case it reviewed on an individual basis.
- No history of previous obesity surgery (except the Lap Band). We do not accept
patients who have had previous vertical banded gastroplasty,
"stomach stapling," Roux-en-Y or other types of previous
weight loss surgery. We do not accept patients for revision of
other types of weight loss surgery.
- No history of major abdominal surgery. Some operations such
as appendectomy, gallbladder removal, hysterectomy and a
few other operations may be acceptable.
- No history of alcohol abuse or drug use.
- The patient must show evidence of a strong, supportive and stable family structure and have the documented support of his or her immediate family.
- The patient must have a supportive personal physician (family practice or internal medicine) who will:
a) Support the patient’s desire to undergo Laparoscopic Mini-Gastric Bypass.
b) Perform a detailed, and complete preoperative evaluation.
c) Agree to be actively involved in your postoperative follow-up medical care.
- No history of major psychiatric illness.
If the patient has had depression, the patient and his/her psychiatrist must have a plan in place for the diagnosis and management of depression postoperatively.
- No history of:
a) Recent prednisone therapy for any reason
b) Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)
c) Rheumatoid arthritis d) Other collagen vascular disease
- Documented commitment to participate in a postoperative exercise program.
- Evidence that the patient can work with medical team by following directions and communicating in a timely manner.
- Documented commitment to maintain the initial postoperative and yearly long-term follow-up with your surgeon to decrease the risks of complications such as ulcers or vitamin, mineral and other nutritional deficiencies.
Dr. Hargroder does not accept insurance for the Mini-Gastric Bypass procedure. You must have appropriate financial resources to cope with the costs associated with the surgery itself as well as potential complications associated with the surgery.
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