Frequently Asked Questions
The ideal candidate is between 25 and 55 years of age. They weigh 200 to 330 pounds and have some issues related to their body weight (medical condition, body image, reduced mobility). They have a dedicated family member or support person to help them through the process.
Most patients go through private insurance or self-pay. Because we are affordable, some patients pay up front and then negotiate with their insurance company afterwards.
Patients must have a documented appointment with a mental health professional and dietician before surgery. They must have documented evidence of failed medical weight loss with their primary care provider and undergo a radiology study of their esophagus and stomach (upper GI).
The initial consultation can be in person or by Zoom. Your immediate preoperative appointment one week prior to surgery is in person with your support person.
Yes, Care Credit is available to all patients based on their credit score. Dr. Timothy Brown, M.D. also has medical financing with a local bank at a competitive rate.
Most patients have a sleeve gastrectomy performed. Some patients will need their Lap-Band removed for complications related to the device. A few patients with a pre-existing sleeve gastrectomy will need it enhanced with an intestinal bypass.
Yes, Dr. Timothy Brown, M.D. would be happy to see you in the office to adjust the Lap-Band or arrange for surgical removal if necessary.
Yes. Many patients will respond to intensive medical weight loss and not require surgery. Some may require surgical enhancement of their sleeve, and this can be performed at our local surgery center.
The three essential elements include a medical diet, appropriate vitamin supplementation, and moderate exercise. Lifelong follow up through Dr. Timothy Brown, M.D. is encouraged.
Yes. Dr. Timothy Brown, M.D. provides comprehensive general surgery and endoscopic (upper endoscopy and colonoscopy) services to his patients.