Questions About NewFit
What is NewFit?
Located at the Viera Hospital Medical Plaza, NewFit is a network of doctors and other professionals that specialize in the complete, comprehensive, and ongoing treatment associated with Bariatric weight-loss procedures.
What makes NewFit different?
Providing the area's most cutting-edge surgical technology and safety, NewFit's team is led by the only laparoscopic Fellowship-trained robotics-assisted surgeon in Brevard. NewFit is also further differentiated by the fact that:
- We're Brevard's only surgical weight-loss program using the da Vinci© robotics-assisted Surgical System.
- Our Viera Hospital surgical facility is designed specifically for the care and comfort of Bariatric patients.
- We're a one-stop shop for surgical weight-loss, providing the area's most comprehensive list of Bariatric capabilities and procedures.
- Our multi-disciplinary, Bariatric-trained and specialized team can usually perform 100% of the needed pre-op treatment and testing - saving you time, hassle, and healthcare costs.
- Our advanced tools, techniques, and surgical set up all work together to provide the best-possible patient comfort and safety.
How is the NewFit Viera Hospital facility designed specifically for Bariatrics?
Viera Hospital's state-of-the-art Bariatric facility was designed to optimize the comfort and safety of Bariatric patients. Features include:
- Bigger beds and bed lifts
- Enhanced gurneys
- Customized bathrooms
- Weight-appropriate wheelchairs
- Larger doorways
- A wide range of furniture and medical tools designed specifically for Bariatrics
- And more
What is laparoscopy?
Laparoscopy is an extremely advanced technique utilized by NewFit surgeons as a less invasive and superior alternative to open surgery. It involves placing tiny instruments, including a laparoscope or camera, through multiple tiny incisions in a patient's abdomen, which greatly reduces post-operative complication rates, recovery times, pain, bleeding, scarring, and more.
What is the daVinci® robotics-assisted Surgery System?
Featuring the most advanced Bariatric technology to date, the da Vinci® robot provides your surgeon with enhanced capabilities during your procedure, including the best-possible surgical view, precision, dexterity, access, and control. Further minimalizing the already-reduced complication rates and recovery times associated with laparoscopy, NewFit's Viera Hospital facility is currently Brevard's only surgical weight-loss facility to use the da Vinci robot. NewFit also boasts Brevard's only fellowship-trained robotic surgeon.
How do I pay for my NewFit procedure?
While every patient situation is different, you'll most likely pay for your procedure in one of the following three ways:
Health Insurance - For many patients, insurance approves all, or a significant portion of the costs associated with Bariatric procedures. Our team will work closely and directly with your insurance company to identify every possible opportunity for coverage, further optimize your specific set of variables, and guide you through every step of the insurance process.
Loans/Patient Financing Programs - There are several companies that offer financing specific for Bariatric procedures, many of which offer a wide range of payment plans and affordable options
Out-of-Pocket Payments - For some patients, paying for their procedure in one lump-sum payment is a worthwhile and feasible option.
Can NewFit help me through the insurance/payment process?
From contacting your insurance company to calculating coverage scenarios to lending inside guidance, our NewFit team will take an active role to help facilitate every aspect of financial feasibility to help you pay for your procedure in the way that makes the most sense for you.
What insurances are accepted?
All major insurances are accept. It's a good idea to contact your insurance company and familiarize yourself with important info before your procedure. Knowing how your insurance company will pay your claim and if they are a participating provider will help avoid unexpected costs later. It is each patient's responsibility to know their insurance contract and which providers participate with their insurance plan.
What are the long-term financial advantages of a NewFit procedure?
While a NewFit procedure can change your life and provide health value beyond any dollar amount, nearly all patients financially benefit long-term from reduced healthcare costs, fewer medication-related expenses, and more. In fact, the treatment of obesity and weight-related medical problems now accounts for more healthcare dollars than any other single medical problem. Plus, since the IRS now recognizes obesity as a disease, certain medical expenses may possibly qualify as tax deductions.
What is a NewFit education seminar?
NewFit Education Seminars are FREE for anyone who wants to attend, and their main function is to inform patients about their Bariatric weight-loss options.
Why should I go to a NewFit education seminar?
In addition to meeting our NewFit docs and other members of the NewFit team, Education Seminars give you the chance to:
- Learn about Brevard's only surgical weight-loss program using the da Vinci© robot, and the many other benefits that make us different
- Get details on the latest weight-loss techniques and procedures performed at Viera Hospital
- Find out if you may be a candidate for NewFit Bariatric weight-loss programs
- Get pre-certified by your insurance
- Receive a FREE one-day NewFit pass to a Health First Pro-Health & Fitness Center
- And much, much more
What is a one-on-one session?
A NewFit One-on-One Session is available for individuals who prefer to learn about their Bariatric options in a more personalized setting. Enabling superior convenience and accessibility for patients, One-on-One Sessions are often utilized by those who are unable to attend our Education Seminars due to timing, scheduling conflicts, or other circumstances.
Does NewFit offer any resources for getting started?
Patients are encouraged to print, review, and complete our 'Getting Started Packet' prior to attending an Education Seminar or their initial visit. Packets include everything from initial and future patient forms to pre-surgical weight-loss knowledge and guidelines that can be taken advantage of today.
What types of Bariatric Procedures are available through NewFit?
Providing the area's most complete and comprehensive list of Bariatric procedures, NewFit most commonly performs the following three procedures: Gastric Banding, Sleeve Gastrectomy, and Gastric Bypass. Additional capabilities, such as revisions, may also be available when needed.
How do I determine which procedure is best for me?
While the procedure you choose is ultimately up to you, your NewFit surgeon will closely work with you to determine your best surgical weight-loss option. Generally speaking, the more weight you need to lose the more aggressive we recommend your procedure. Additional factors include your current co-morbidities, individual risks, medical history, insurance coverage, payments options, and more.
Does NewFit offer revisions or any other additional capabilities?
As Bariatric tools and techniques continue to evolve and advance, so do the needs of patients. At NewFit, we have the training and versatility to provide multiple conversion capabilities involving the gastric band, gastric sleeve, and gastric bypass. All revisions are done laparoscopically, using the most advanced and exclusive robotics technology.
Does NewFit offer any cost-saving perks?
Due to NewFit's ongoing affiliation with Health First and Viera Hospital, we're able to extend extra cost-saving benefits to patients. Current examples include:
- No patient administration fees or other 'extra costs', which can potentially save you thousands
- Waived new membership fee to Pro-Health & Fitness Center ($100 value) and three months of free membership following surgery through the NewFit Program
- Reduced cosmetic surgery costs and other ongoing NewFit discounts
- Free one-day fitness pass just for attending our Education Seminar!
What can I expect after my initial NewFit visit?
After your doctor determines you are a viable candidate for a NewFit Bariatric procedure, you will most likely need to complete:
- Psychological, nutritional, & pulmonary consultations
- Standard lab tests, including chemistry, blood count, lipid profile, urine analysis, etc.
- Medical testing and evaluations as needed for those with existing cardiac, diabetic, and other conditions
If your procedure is being covered by insurance, you will also be required to complete a six-month medically managed weight-loss program designed by your team at NewFit.
What can I expect in the weeks prior to my NewFit Bariatric Procedure?
In order to ensure the best-possible surgical results and safety, patients are required to follow a strict diet free of refined carbs, sugar, and soda. We also ask that you abstain from smoking and alcohol. During your final pre-op visit, we will go over your previous test results, answer questions, perform a final pre-surgical evaluation, discuss preparation for the procedure, and more. If you show nutritional deficiencies or anything else concerning, we will take steps and help you meet the needed criteria before providing surgery.
What can I expect directly after my NewFit Bariatric Procedure?
While this varies by individual patient, type of procedure, and numerous other factors, some patients return to work and normal activities as soon as a week after surgery. Your NewFit surgeon will encourage you to get up and walk within hours after surgery, and most likely, will also ask you to:
- Stay diligently and adequately hydrated
- Follow a strict, month-long, high-protein diet
- Avoid any strenuous physical activity or lifting
- Shower rather than bathe until after your initial post-op visit
- Attend follow-up visits with our NewFit team members as instructed
- Receive pulmonary, cardiology, and other evaluations as needed
What can I expect long term concerning my Bariatric Procedure?
While this varies by individual patient, type of procedure, and numerous other factor, you can expect to lose anywhere between 40-80% of your excess body weight during up to a 24-month time span following your surgery. In addition to significant enhancements in your quality of life and physical capabilities/mobility, you'll also experience drastic improvement or resolution for existing medical conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and more. In order to maintain your weight loss, however, you will need to follow a lifelong diet and exercise plan, attend follow-up visits, and remain committed to your medical management program. Our psychologists and other staff will be there to help you resolve potential setbacks and maintain the tools you need to continue your weight-loss success.
Will Weight-Loss Surgery limit my physical activities?
While we strongly encourage patients to walk around, we ask that you do not return to normal activities until your surgeon gives you the go-ahead.
A normal recovery period can last anywhere from one to six weeks, after which nearly all patients experience improvements in their ability to do physical activities such as walking, climbing, aerobics, and more.
Can I cover all my Bariatric bases with NewFit?
At NewFit, we pride ourselves on our highly specialized, multi-disciplinary team, as well as our extensively comprehensive approach. Led by two laparoscopic fellowship-trained Bariatric surgeons, our team can usually perform 100% of your needed pre-and post-op treatment and testing.
Plus, our complete range of care capabilities allow us to handle everything that needs to happen throughout the entire Bariatric journey. This all works to ensure patients optimal weight-loss success, enhanced efficiency, and long-term time and money savings.
Does NewFit offer any additional resources or support?
At NewFit, we believe that obesity isn't something that anyone should face alone, and having a strong level of support can play a vital role in both initial and continual weight-loss success. That's why we offer everything from live chats to Facebook friendship to monthly support groups.
General Questions About
Obesity & Bariatric Surgery
What is obesity?
Obesity is a life-threatening disease characterized by the storage of excess fat. While causes of obesity may include multiple factors (including genetics and lifestyle), in the simplest terms, obesity results from a prolonged imbalance between the amount of calories a person consumes through food and the amount of calories the individual burns though physical activity and metabolism.
How is obesity measured?
Obesity is most commonly measured by a person's Body Mass Index, or BMI, which estimates total body fat by dividing weight (in kilograms) by height (in meters). One can also be considered obese if they are at least 100 pounds heavier than their ideal weight. The different classifications of obesity are as following:
|Severely Obese||35-39.9||Very High|
|Morbidly Obese||40+||Extremely High|
What are the risks associated with obesity?
Obesity doesn't only reduce a patient's quality of life. It reduces their actual lifespan and is strongly linked to such life-threatening diseases as:
- Heart disease
- Cerebrovascular conditions (including stroke)
- Type 2 diabetes
- High blood pressure or 'hypertension'
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Endometrial, gallbladder, cervical, colorectal, and prostate cancer
Obesity also contributes to numerous other medical conditions, including:
- Gallbladder disease
- Breathing disorders
- Depression and mental disorders
- High-risk pregnancy & infertility
- Back pain
- Social anxiety
- And more
What non-surgical methods are available for treating obesity?
Traditional (or non-surgical) methods include diet and exercise, medications (such as appetite suppressants), behavioral therapy, and more. While these options can be effective for helping some patients lose weight initially, studies show that most regain two-thirds of the weight they lost within the first year - and almost all of it within the next five years' time.
What is Bariatric Surgery?
Bariatric surgery is shown to be the most effective solution for long-term weight loss. It includes multiple types of procedures, which work to drive significant weight loss by reducing the amount of food/calories a person can consume through modifying the size and/or functioning of their stomach.
How much weight can I expect to lose with weight-loss surgery?
While the amount of weight loss varies by patient and depends on several factors, it's not uncommon for individuals to lose over 100 pounds within the first six months following their procedure. Your individual and long-term results will depend on everything from your type of procedure to your starting BMI to your age - but most importantly, your commitment to eating right, exercising, and maintaining the behaviors needed for maintaining a healthy weight.
To view a chart comparing the three most common Bariatric procedures provided by NewFit, click here.
Does Bariatric Surgery provide benefits beyond weight loss?
The benefits of Bariatric surgery range from physical to mental, and even spiritual. Studies show that weight-loss surgery has extreme health benefits and increases a person's life expectancy by up to 6.5 years, on average. Bariatric surgery has also been shown to greatly improve or resolve type 2 diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, and a long list of other co-morbidities caused both directly and indirectly by obesity. In fact, most patients no longer need medications within the first six months of their procedure.
Does Bariatric Surgery guarantee weight loss?
While Bariatric surgery is an extremely effective tool for losing weight and improving your health, it is not a miracle cure. Maintaining a healthy weight will require significant lifelong efforts, including a strong commitment to healthy eating habits, regular exercise, behavioral modifications, and ongoing follow-ups with your Bariatric team.
What is medical weight-loss management?
Medical weight-loss management refers to non-surgical weight-loss methods that are frequently used both before and after surgery to optimize the safety and effectiveness of the initial procedure and help maintain weight loss long after. It most commonly consists of three basic factors, which include diet, exercise, and behavior modification.
What role does medical weight-loss management play in Bariatric Procedures?
Oftentimes, insurance companies require patients to undergo six months of medical weight-loss management before they're able to obtain coverage for their Bariatric procedure. It's also a crucial component for maintaining superior health and lifelong weight-loss long after the effects of the initial procedure.
What are the risks associated with Bariatric Surgery?
Like any medical procedure, Bariatric surgery comes with potential risks. While your weight, age, medical history, and type of procedure can play a significant role in determining your specific risks, fatalities and other serious complications involving Bariatric procedures are extremely low. The fact that NewFit's laparoscopic fellowship trained surgeons perform procedures laparoscopically and/or robotically provides extra layers of safety, further reducing the already-rare event of complications.
Possible complications include (but are not limited to):
- Liver problems
- Injury to abdominal organs
- Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
- Pulmonary embolus (PE)
- Intestinal blockage & hernias
- Cardiac complications
- Pain and bleeding
How do the risks of Bariatric Surgery compare to the risks of obesity?
An obese patient is much more likely to die from an obesity-related cause than they are from Bariatric surgery. When comparing the risks of obesity to the risks of Bariatric procedures, studies show:
- Obese patients that undergo Bariatric surgery reduce their risk of death by 89% over a five-year period compared to obese patients that do not
- Weight-loss surgery increases life expectancy up to 6.5 years, on average
- A person who is 40% or more overweight for at least ten years is twice as likely to die prematurely as an average weight person
- Bariatric surgery greatly reduces or resolves certain pre-existing, life-threatening diseases such as type 2 diabetes, hypertension, sleep apnea, and more
- Bariatric surgery reduces a person's risk of suffering from America's top three disease-related causes of death: cancer, heart disease, and stroke
How do I know if I'm a candidate for Bariatric Surgery?
While every patient and case is different, you may be a likely candidate for Bariatric surgery if:
- Your BMI is equal to or greater than 40, or
- Your BMI is at least 35 and you also suffer from type 2 diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, or another weight-related health condition, or
- You are at least 100 pounds overweight
What are co-morbidities?
In the most relative terms, co-morbidities are medical conditions that are caused by or related to obesity.
Are certain co-morbidities more likely to be covered by insurance than others?
While every case is different, co-morbidities most commonly accepted by insurance companies include:
- Sleep apnea
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Type 2 diabetes
- Venous stasis disease (collection of blood in the lower limbs)
- Soft tissue infections
Co-morbidities less commonly accepted by insurance companies include:
- Congestive heart failure
- Fatty liver syndrome
- Gall bladder disease
- Stroke or risk of stroke
- Inability to carry out daily activities
- Psychosocial stress resulting from obesity
- Acid reflux disease