Weighing your Options:

Questions to Ask when Considering Bariatric Surgery

Before you head to a bariatric surgeon’s office, there are a few things to think about. Bariatric surgery isn’t for everyone. There are risks to weigh, financial considerations to mull over, and medical issues to take into account. Ask yourself these questions to begin the process of considering weight-loss surgery:

  • What is your BMI? If you don’t know your body mass index (BMI), you can use this online calculator to figure it out, or have it evaluated in your health care provider’s office.
    • If your BMI is greater than 40, weight loss surgery could be a reasonable option if you are healthy enough to sustain the procedure.
    • If your BMI is 35 or over, you may be a good candidate for surgery if you have at least one obesity-related medical condition.
    • If your BMI is over 30 and your health is also compromised by diabetes or metabolic syndrome you may want to speak to your physician about bariatric surgery.
  • Have you tried other weight loss programs? Some insurance companies will only cover the expense of the procedure if you have tried traditional methods of weight loss for at least six months.
  • Are you ready to change your lifestyle? Patients who have the greatest success with bariatric surgery adopt moderate eating and exercise habits to maintain their weight loss over a long period of time.
  • Have you investigated the different types of surgery available in your area? There are several different procedures available for patients who choose weight loss surgery. Three common types of bariatric surgery are:
    • Roux-en-Y gastric bypass
    • laproscopic adjustable gastric banding
    • laproscopic sleeve gastrectomy

Each procedure has different risks and benefits.

  • Will insurance cover my expense? According to one report, 25% of patients considering surgery were denied coverage three times before finally getting approval.

Use these questions as a starting point for considering the weight loss surgery option, and schedule an appointment with Dr. Heidi Ryan. She can help you discover your options for becoming a new, healthier you.
Read more on this topic at: http://www.yourbariatricsurgeryguide.com/overview/

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