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Are you a candidate for Weight Loss Surgery, or Bariatric Surgery? - page 2 / 5

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What Next?

If you would like more information, you can attend a free information seminar by registering online or calling 607-252-3555, or you can start the process by scheduling an appointment with us by calling 607-273-3161.

Initial appointments will occur at Surgical Associates of Ithaca. At this appointment, additional testing and appointments with other providers will often be ordered depending on your medical history and on the weight loss procedure planned.

Prior to initial appointment, we request that you fill out 2 forms (a medical history form and insurance form), and fax or bring them to our office. You can find these forms online at our website www.ithacasurgeons.com.

All patients are requested to see a clinical psychologist and nutritionist after their initial appointment.

Your insurance company may require up to six months of medically supervised weight loss prior to approval. We will help you through this process.

Risks of Weight Loss Surgery

There are risks with any surgery. You will be under general anesthesia. Some of the risks are:

  • Death

  • Blood clots

  • Excessive bleeding

  • Slippage (Band Only)

  • Respiratory problems

  • Leaks or blockage at site where tissue is sewn or stapled together

  • Nutritional (vitamin/mineral) deficiency

  • Infections

  • Scarring

  • Incisional hernia

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