Surgery Options for Weight Loss
If you are considering weight loss surgery there is a good chance that you will be required to take part in a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program. What does this mean? You will probably have to take part in a total weight loss program that will include, exercise, diet and/or weight loss medications. Some insurances require this to be supervised by a physician other than your surgeon, for the purpose of showing the insurance that the patient is dedicated to a change in their lifestyle. It also actually makes the surgery easier if you are able to lose weight.
The more weight you lose prior to surgery could drastically make the surgery easier, quicker and safer. Your liver can shrink in just a week or two of a strict low-calorie diet. Follow your surgeon’s advice about diet before weight loss surgery.
Many insurance companies will not consider a request for weight loss surgery unless a patient has previously participated in a Medically Supervised Weight Loss Program monitored by a doctor. The purpose of this requirement is to show a patient’s efforts towards weight loss showing the patient is willing to make the necessary dietary and behavioral changes for bariatric surgery.
A good medically supervised weight loss program will monitor the following:
– Blood Pressure
– Heart Rate
– Sugar Levels
– Activity Levels
– Blood Work
– Medication Levels
Recent studies show that medically supervised weight loss programs can lead to better weight loss than unsupervised programs. Strict diets are typically agreed upon with a nutritionist, these diets are typically either low calorie or very low calorie depending on your doctor’s recommendation.
Choosing a Type of Weight Loss Surgery
Considering weight loss surgery? As you do your homework to see if it’s a good choice for you, you’ll want to learn about the various types of operations.
What’s best for you depends on your goals, your health, your surgeon’s recommendation and which operations your health insurance covers.
Talk it over with your doctor so you can make an informed decision.
Weight loss surgery is not for everyone, Doctors only recommend it for people who:
– Have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40 or More.
– This would be about 100 pounds overweight for Men and 80 pounds for Women.
– Have a lower BMI (but are still obese) and have a serious health problem related to obesity, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, severe sleep apnea, or high cholesterol.
– Have tried unsuccessfully to lose weight by other means.
– Fully understand the risks.
Weight loss surgery can be lifesaving, but you need to be dedicated to making dramatic and permanent changes to how you eat, exercise, and live.
Types of Weight Loss Surgeries
Existing surgeries help with weight loss in different ways.
Which Weight Loss Surgery Is Best?
The ideal weight loss surgery depends on your health and body type.
For instance, if you are very obese, or if you have had abdominal surgery before, simpler surgeries might not be possible. Talk with your doctor about the pros and cons of each procedure.
If possible, go to a medical center that specializes in weight loss surgery. Studies show that complications are less likely when weight loss surgery is done by experts.
No matter where you are, always make sure that your surgeon has had plenty of experience doing the procedure you need.