A Note from Dr. Balsama
I’ve been lucky enough to have served a great number of patients in the South Jersey area. They have inspired me and continue to create success stories. They have made my job and my life very enjoyable, and I hope to continue to showcase their accomplishments and my pride in them!
Dr. Louis Balsama D.O.
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14 months post surgery, I am more active and willing to try new things like roller coasters, horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and skiing (which I have never done). Bariatric surgery changed my life.
I have Dr. Balsama to thank for the new me. To anyone thinking about surgery, do your research, prepare for lifestyle change, and make an appointment! You won’t be sorry. There’s no pressure, just compassion.
From the start of my journey to present, Dr. Balsama and his team have been attentive, caring, respectful, and encouraging. The gifts he gave me were life-changing. Thank you! Dr. Balsama.
Dr. Balsama’s sister was my vet and always talked about how her brother loved his patients, saying he took great pride in their lives after surgery. The rest is history. Now I’m doing 5Ks and exercising daily.
Dr. Balsama and his staff are wonderful, easy to contact and available for my needs and concerns. I go out of my way to do things and put myself out there. My surgery has made me believe life can be good again.
Dr. Balsama is a great doctor who really listens to my concerns. Three years later, I still see him at support meetings and he continues to take my questions. I have thanked him many times for saving my life.
Things to Know
Insurance companies usually approve patients with a BMI greater than 35 with significant weight-related comorbidities (hypertension, sleep apnea, diabetes, high cholesterol, etc..) or a BMI greater than 40, regardless of medical issues. Click here for BMI CALCULATOR.
It really depends on your insurance company. Some insurance companies ask for your historical weights, others want you to be involved with nutritional counseling for a few months before surgery is approved. The easiest way to figure this out is to call your insurance company and ask for their criteria.
These work-ups may take 6 weeks to 3 months, depending on any additional testing that is required. This is a much more comprehensive work-up than would be required for other types of abdominal surgeries. Most patients will have to be seen by their primary care doctor, cardiologist, and pulmonologist depending on sleep study results.
Gastric Bypass usually takes about 2 hours, a Lap Sleeve Gastrectomy takes about an hour, and an Adjustable gastric band is also about an hour to complete. These are estimates, prior surgeries can affect the O.R. time greatly.
As with any surgery, bleeding and infection are inherent risks, but these are rare. The most serious risks specific to bariatric surgery are staple line leaks and DVT/PE (blood clots). Patients who are overweight and sedentary have a higher likelihood of developing blood clots after surgery, regardless of the type of surgery. Adjustable gastric band surgery has its own inherent risks beyond what is mentioned here, the best advice is to talk to your doctor. Attending the pre-op class helps address these risks.
Lives We’ve Helped Transform
Dr. Balsama has served a vast population of bariatric patients in the South Jersey area. Inspired and motivated by each patient, he takes every success story to heart. Dr. Balsama’s love and passion for his work is evident, and he takes pride in showcasing all of his successful and happy patients.