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Our Program

Our comprehensive bariatric surgery program is multidisciplinary and includes psychological evaluation, nutritional counseling and follow-up support. We work closely with our patients’ referring physicians and are affiliated with the bariatric program at Aurora Sinai Medical Center in Milwaukee.

In addition to nurses, nutritionists and behavioral health experts, our medical team also includes an excellent internist, and very experienced bariatric surgeons who specialize in bariatric patients. Referring physicians are consulted on an ongoing basis throughout the pre-and post-operative process.
For self-pay patients, please click Self-Financing to learn more. For questions, Contact Us, or call 414-281-9665 and ask for our financial couselor. We provide a package at a competitive price.

Some questions to consider…

Q:Is bariatric surgery right for me?
    Obesity has many factors. Genes are responsible for 75 to 90 percent of all obesity cases. Thus, dieting and exercise only work for 1 in 20 people who are morbidly obese.

    The NIH Consensus Conference in 1991 states that “[bariatric] surgery is the only way to obtain consistent, permanent weight loss for morbidly obese patients.”

    In general, bariatric surgical candidates are individuals who have exhausted other serious attempts to lose weight. They also are:

    • Age: Between 18-60 years old (Age of less than 18 and over 60 are also considered on an individual basis.)
    • At least 100 pounds overweight
    • Likely to have health problems related to obesity such as diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiac or joint problems
    • Not suffering from endocrine causes of obesity or drug or alcohol abuse
    • Committed to understanding the surgery and its risks along with substantial eating and lifestyle changes that need to be made
    • Prepared to continue being monitored by their physician
Q:Ok, so I feel I’m qualified for treatment, now what?

      The Approval Process – A Comprehensive Approach

      The assessment process will determine if the patient is ready for treatment.

    • A team conference proactively assesses the management of lifestyle changes – by counseling both psychological and nutritional readiness for treatment. Patients will participate in an informational seminar, which explains the requirements and commitments needed to continue in treatment. A differentiating feature of Dr. Chua’s bariatric program is his defined comprehensive approach to patient management.
    • After the team’s assessment, patients are cleared and referred to the surgical team. Our expert, board certified surgical team will evaluate the patient in consultation. Based on individual needs, current symptoms and history, our physicians will recommend which procedure is appropriate.
    • Once a treatment plan has been determined, our staff will start the authorization process with the insurance company. This process involves multiple steps to ensure that benefits are explained and financial responsibilities are covered.
    • Next, the medical team will assess the patient. Prior to any surgical procedures, patients are evaluated and undergo several of pre-operative testing, including upper GI x-ray, gall bladder ultrasound (if gall bladder is still present), chest x-ray, ECG, and blood test to assess the overall health of the patient. Consultations are sought as necessary if the medical history is complex. We take an extensive multi-disciplinary medical team approach to ensure a safe and successful operation.
    • Throughout the treatment plan, our surgical and medical teams prepare the patient for a lifetime commitment to change. Our extensive post-operative approach includes medical follow up, nutrition and diet counseling, wellness education and low impact exercises.
Q:What kind of results should I expect from these procedures?
    Long-term weight loss data is difficult to obtain. There is only one 15 year follow-up weight loss study in the English literature for gastric bypass, and that study indicated that the expected weight loss is 50%. Therefore, bariatric surgeons try to use that measured outcome as their goal for success. However, among diabetic patients, a mere 10% weight loss will control their diabetes significantly.

    Measurement:

    We measure progress by the percentage of the Excessive Weight Loss (EWL).

    For example, a 50% EWL means the patient has lost 50% of his or her excessive weight. If the patient is 100 lbs overweight, then it equates to a 50 lb weight loss. If the patient is 200 lbs overweight, then it equates to a 100 lb weight loss. Here is a chart to further illustrate these results…

    Procedure 1 Year 2 Years 3 Years 4 Years
    Gastric Bypass (420 cases) 67% 68% 64% 63%
    Vertical Banded Gastroplasty (156 cases) 52% 58% 54% 58%
    LAP Band (495 cases) 43% 44% 46% 52%

     


Important information about INSURANCE.

At Wisconsin Bariatrics, S.C. we have special staffs dedicated to help you through insurance approval process and understand all of your available options.

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