Dr. Bonnor is a double board-certified surgeon with specialized training in weight loss surgery and cosmetic surgery. Dr. Bonnor has been in practice for over 10 years and performed over 5,000 procedures. Dr. Bonnor offers the latest technique in weight loss procedures including robotic assisted surgery which has been shown to improve recovery and decrease post-operative pain.
Since everyone’s insurance policy is different, it’s not a simple answer. Our patient coordinators work hand in hand with you and your insurance to determine your benefits and if your procedure is covered.
Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of greater than 40, or a BMI of >35 accompanied by other issues related to health (co-morbidity). These co-morbidities include diabetes, high blood pressure, obstructive sleep apnea, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol, triglycerides). Have a stable psychological status with adequate social support system to help you through the course of surgery and the postoperative period.
YES! We encourage all patients to call their insurance ahead of their appointment and verify if bariatric surgery is a covered benefit.
Unfortunately, some outlets may have created a misconception that weight loss surgery is only for morbidly obese patients and this is just not the case. If you don’t feel that you look your best, we are here to help you achieve your goal.
When checking your insurance eligibility for surgery, we look at all including using your Out of Network benefits. Depending on each individuals plan, this option may be the best for you!
Yes! We offer financing options for patients who would like to finance or pay out of pocket.
To help you achieve your weight loss goal, we have partnered with two reputable lending institutions such as Care Credit and Lending Club. Apply today to start looking, feeling, and being your best. If approved, you can have your surgery in as little as 10 days!
Many patients (up to 50%) may regain a small amount of weight (approximately 5 percent) two years or more following their surgery. We have information supporting the durability of gastric bypass surgery up to 15 years. Also, sleeve gastrectomy patients are able to maintain weight loss at 5 or more years after surgery.
For patients with insurance coverage then your surgery will take place 3 to 7 months from initial appointment. This variance is related to the requirements as mandated by the insurance policy. If you are paying out of pocket or financing your surgery that timeline is shortened significantly and depending on your medical condition could have surgery three weeks from initial consultation.
Following a liquid protein diet 14 days before your surgery is highly important, because it significantly helps to reduce complications during your procedure. The purpose of the diet is to reduce the size of your liver, which makes it much easier to perform surgery on your stomach.
Medications which could change your ability to clot, including: NSAIDS such as Ibuprofen, Advil, Motrin as well as Aspirin, Warfarin, and Plavix. All steroids prevent healing and must be avoided. Any medications that can lead to blood clots, such as hormones and birth control, must be avoided as well.
Yes! We care about you and smoking can increase your complication rates on most procedures including weight loss surgery. The complication includes: soft tissue infection, blood clots, pulmonary complications such pneumonia and poor wound healing. We will require you to stop smoking at least 6 weeks before surgery.
Most patients just need to take oral pain medications for a few days after surgery and some just over the counter Tylenol. The majority of our patients felt that pain was not a major issue during their recovery.
Sometimes your insurance will dictate where a patient will have the procedure. The current facilities where Dr Bonnor performs weight loss surgery include: Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital, First Street Hospital and Methodist West Hospital.
Bariatric generally carries a low complication rate. However, all bariatric operations regardless of the type carry some general which include: chronic nausea and vomiting, inability to eat certain food, infection, weight gain or failure to lose weight, excessive bleeding, blood clots, lung or breathing problems, leaks in your gastrointestinal system, complications leading to a prolonged hospital stay. Dr. Bonnor will discuss procedure specific complications that may occur in the long term.
The average surgical time for a sleeve gastrectomy is about 1hour and for revisions it varies depending on the type of revision surgery. Almost all of our patients can walk a few hours after surgery and start liquid diet the day after surgery. The majority (more than 80 percent) of patients stay in the hospital for one night.
Most patients return to work after four to five post-surgery. Some may be able to work from home as early as 3 to 4 days after surgery. Because of the significantly reduced calorie intake, many patients have low energy for 1-2 weeks after surgery. However, patients gain their energy back once they start to have puree.
Just as soon as you no longer feel pain. Once the pain has passed it means that your stomach has healed, and sexual activity is then perfectly safe.
For the reasons we still don’t fully understand, hair loss after bariatric surgery is common between 3 and 6 months following surgery. However, hair loss is almost always temporary. Adequate intake of protein, vitamins, biotin and minerals will help to ensure hair re-growth, and avoid longer term thinning.
You will need to take a multivitamin for life. You may need higher doses of certain vitamins or minerals, especially Iron, Calcium, and Vitamin D (depending on your surgery type). You will also need to have at least yearly lab checks.
The key is to start slow and listen to your body. If you lift weights or do sports, stay “low impact” for the first month. If you experience pain or discomfort, stop and relax. Avoid lifting heavy objects for the first 6 weeks. You can start swimming after two weeks.
After losing most of the excess weight, most patients may have some loose or sagging skin. For many patients, this might be just temporary. The degree of loose or sagging skin depends upon several things, including how much weight you lost, your age, your genetics and whether or not you exercise or smoke. Generally, many patients can hide loose skin by clothing or compression garments. We generally recommend waiting for at least one year before scheduling your cosmetic surgery procedure with Dr. Bonnor.
Women generally have significantly increased fertility after weight loss surgery. Birth control pills typically do not work as well in heavy patients and during the time of rapid weight loss. We strongly recommend all child bearing age women to use other ways of contraception after bariatric surgery. We recommend waiting 14 to 18 months after weight loss surgery before getting pregnant. After losing most of the excess weight, there is much less risk of having problems during pregnancy (gestational diabetes, eclampsia, macrosomia) and during childbirth. There is also decreased risk of having miscarriages and stillbirths. Bariatric surgery also reduces the chance of needing a C-section.