Frequently Asked Questions
Q&A About the Belong Study
What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of the study is to gain a better understanding of people’s experiences before and after their bariatric surgery. There are no studies to date that have done this with thousands of patients and we hope we can learn more by following people like yourself.
What am I expected to do as a participant in the Belong Study?
I have received emails/letters/phone calls from Anderson Niebuhr on behalf of Kaiser Permanente. Are they connected to the Belong Study?
Anderson, Niebuhr, & Associates, Inc. is a private for profit survey company. They have worked with Kaiser Permanente for over 30 years doing patient surveys. They are not a telemarketing company and they are not trying to sell you any products. They provide a service for the Belong Study because we cannot do thousands of surveys ourselves. They are very experienced with keeping your information safe and private.
If you are not comfortable talking to the survey company but want to do the surveys after your surgery, please contact us right away.
Where does the Belong Study get it’s money?
The study is funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.
Where can I find more helpful information about the study?
To learn more about the Investigator who directs the Belong Study, Dr. Karen J Coleman, please go to her official Kaiser Permanente website.
Q&A About Bariatric Surgery
What can I expect for weight loss outcomes from bariatric surgery?
What can I expect for my diabetes and hypertension from bariatric surgery?
Which procedure is better?
I have heard that I can just get a bypass if my gastric sleeve does not work. Is that true?
Which surgeons are better?
How many surgeries do we do a year?