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Do You Really Need Weight Loss Surgery?

Posted Apr 03 2010 5:25pm

If you are overweight, you may be considering weight loss surgery. You may know friends or coworkers who have had the surgery, and you may have been amazed at the results. Your key to weight loss could be weight loss surgery. Before you enter that line of thought, however, there are some things that you need to know to determine whether weight loss surgery is the right answer for you.

Do You Really Need Weightloss Surgery

Why Weight Loss Surgery is Becoming So Popular

Weight loss surgery is becoming so popular these days because people have many misconceptions regarding the results of weight loss surgery. People think of it as the easiest way possible to lose weight – and it isn’t.

Because of the obesity epidemic that we are experiencing, and the health problems that are associated with obesity, many health insurance companies are now covering the cost of weight loss surgery, although most insurance companies have certain requirements for eligibility in order for coverage.

Different Types of Weight Loss Surgery

There are essentially two different types of weight loss surgery. The most widely used is Gastric Bypass Surgery. The second type is Lap Band Surgery, where a band is actually applied to the upper part of the stomach to reduce the amount of food that you can get through to the stomach at any given time.

While Lap Band surgery is the least risky of the weight loss surgery choices, gastric bypass surgery seems to be the most effective choice, although it is the most expensive and the most invasive.

Are You a Candidate for Weight Loss Surgery?

The first thing that you have to understand about any type of weight loss surgery is that it still requires lifestyle changes on your part. It is not a miracle cure. You still have to learn to eat right and you have to start exercising. Many doctors won’t even perform the surgery if they do not believe that you will not make these changes.

In addition to this, you must also meet certain conditions. You must have a body mass index, or BMI of 40 or higher. You may also be eligible if you have a BMI of at least 35 as well as a health problem that is caused by being overweight, such as high blood pressure or even diabetes.

In most cases, you will be required to participate in counseling before surgery. You may also be required to take some nutrition classes.  You will definitely be meeting with your private physician and the surgeon prior to being considered for the surgery, but you will also have to meet with a dietitian and a psychologist. These professionals together decide whether you are a viable candidate for the surgery.

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