Is surgical weight loss right for me?
Like any surgery, there are risks. However, the health risks that come with obesity are often enough for people to feel comfortable they’re making the right decision. Surgical weight-loss isn’t the solution for everyone. Additionally, it requires a lifetime commitment to eating healthy meals and exercising regularly. The best way to think of weight-loss surgery is as a tool to help you lose weight.
Here are four steps to help you decide if weight-loss surgery could be your best strategy to regain your health.
- Educate yourself. Learn about the different bariatric surgery procedures. The three main procedures include:
- The FDA-approved LAP-BAND® Adjustable Gastric Banding System. This procedure helps you gradually lose and control your weight.
- A Roux-en-Y gastric bypass results in a smaller stomach and food bypasses part of the small intestine, absorbing fewer calories.
- Sleeve Gastrectomy creates a thin vertical sleeve or pouch of stomach, which limits the amount of food that may be eaten at a time.
- Attend a weight-loss education seminar. Learn firsthand about the different procedures at an educational seminar. Ask questions and hear from people who’ve had weight-loss surgery. This is an excellent way to answer the question: Is surgical weight loss right for me?
- Choose an accredited practice. The Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center is accredited by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program.
- Check your insurance. Review your insurance policy or employer sponsored medical benefits plan. If you have an insurance policy that you pay for yourself – or that is paid in full or in part by your employer – or if you are covered by an employer’s self-insured medical benefits plan, your bariatric surgery may be covered by medical insurance. Some companies want patients to try to lose weight for a certain amount of time before surgery. Many insurance companies cover bariatric surgery to treat obesity. The American Medical Association recognizes obesity as a disease. At Bon Secours Surgical Weight Loss Center, we understand that obtaining approval from your insurance carrier can be an emotional and complicated process. Our insurance analysts can help patients submit any necessary documentation.
Is surgical weight loss right for you?
Lastly, one of the requirements for surgical weight loss considers your body mass index. Try our online BMI calculator to see if you’re a candidate for weight-loss surgery.