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Weight Loss Surgery

     Surgery is 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.

Are 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?

Medical Costs:
     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.

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