Weight Loss Specialist

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS -  - Bariatric Surgeon

Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery

Donald A. Balder, MD, FACS

Bariatric Surgeon located in Gulfport, MS & Hattiesburg, MS

Are you one of six million Americans currently suffering from morbid obesity? Are conventional weight loss techniques not proving effective? If so, a weight loss plan from the Mississippi Institute of Weight Loss Surgery might be the solution you need to put off the pounds and get your life back. To schedule your consultation, call one of their offices -- in Gulfport or Hattiesburg, Mississippi or Slidell, Louisiana -- or book an appointment online.

Weight Loss Q & A

Am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery isn't for everyone. But typically, you're eligible for it if you're morbidly obese. Dr. Balder will examine you for the following to determine if you are morbidly obese:

  • You are 100 pounds or more over your ideal body weight.
  • You have a body mass index of over 40.
  • You can't maintain a healthy body weight for a sustained period.
  • You have tried other methods of weight loss but have had little success.
  • You have been overweight for at least five years.

Is weight loss surgery safe?

Like any surgical procedure, weight loss surgery carries a certain amount of risk. Though recent advances in technology have lowered the overall risk of complications from surgery, you should carefully review your options with Dr. Balder to understand the procedure and associated risks.

Does insurance cover weight loss surgery?

Having health insurance does not guarantee coverage for weight loss surgery. Many insurance companies consider weight loss surgery an elective procedure and will not provide coverage. However, some insurance companies offer coverage if you file a claim and if necessary, an appeal.

Many insurance companies will ask for specific information and documentation, so prepare to provide the following:

  • Your current weight, height, and BMI.
  • Verification that you’re 100 pounds or more over your ideal body weight.
  • A detailed medical history, including comorbidities.
  • Six months of medical records, including your patient evaluation.
  • Six months of a documented diet and exercise routine you have attempted.
  • A psychological or psychiatric evaluation.

What do I need to do to keep the weight off following surgery?

Surgery alone isn’t a guarantee of long-term results, and Dr. Balder may advise some lifestyle changes following the procedure. Changes in eating habits, additional physical activity, and the backing of a support group are essential supplements for weight loss surgery.

If you think you qualify for weight loss surgery, call to schedule a consultation or book your appointment online.