Weight Loss Surgery
really the treatment of last resort for those who suffer from severe
obesity. Surgery is the probably the best
option for those who have been unable to lose weight by the traditional
methods of dieting and exercise, and can have great results. People
who can be considered for weight loss surgery are those who
are severely obese (i.e. with a body mass index of 40) or people who
are obese (with a BMI of between 35-40) who also have a significant
disease (such as diabetes or high blood pressure) that could be improved
if they lost weight.
Candidates for surgery have:
- a BMI of 40 or more
- a life-threatening obesity-related health problem such as diabetes,
severe sleep apnea, or heart disease and a BMI of 35 or more
- obesity-related physical problems that interfere with employment,
walking, or family function.
If you fit the profile for surgery, answers
to the following questions may help you decide whether weight
loss surgery is appropriate for you.
- unlikely to lose weight successfully with non-surgical measures?
- well informed about the surgical procedure and the effects of treatment?
- determined to lose weight and improve your health?
- aware of how your life may change after the operation (adjustment
to the side effects of the surgery, including the need to chew well
and inability to eat large meals)?
- aware of the potential for serious complications, dietary
restrictions, and occasional failures?
- committed to lifelong medical follow-up?
Gastrointestinal surgery costs about $15,000.
Medical insurance coverage
varies by state and insurance provider. If you are considering gastrointestinal
surgery, contact your regional Medicare or Medicaid office or insurance
plan to find out if the procedure is covered.