Thinking about Weight loss Surgery
January 25th, 2011 by Aldouspi

Thinking about Weight loss Surgery.
Severe obesity is a condition that is chronic and very difficult to treat successfully. Surgery to assist weight loss by restricting one's food intake and slowing down their digestive process is an option for some people. You should bear in mind however that surgery to produce weight loss is a very serious and important decision to make. You should ensure you clearly understand the pros and cons associated with the procedure of weight loss surgery before making any decision.
Men who are overweight by 100 pounds or more and have a Body Mass Index of about 40+ and women who are 80 pounds overweight or more and have a body mass index of 40+ are considered severely obese and may be candidates for weight loss surgery.
Those who have a BMI between 35 and 40 and suffer from obesity related problems such as sleep apnea, diabetes or obesity related heart disease may be considered for the surgery if their not having the surgery poses a greater risk than complications that may arise from the surgery being performed.
Those who consider weight loss surgery are usually at the end of their tether. Usually the traditional methods of exercise and diet have failed making the person turn to weight loss surgery as the last resort. This does not mean that you should consider the operating table as an easy decision, because it isn't.
Potential patients for weight loss surgery need to be aware of the risks and benefits of this type of surgery to ensure that they understand what it is all about. As with all surgical procedures there are risks involved and obviously it carries a great deal of anxiety and the need for considerable preparation.
It usually takes approximately two years for a person to begin thinking about weight loss surgery to the time that they actually have it performed. This ensures they are given adequate time to discuss the pros and cons with family and friends, not to mention the health care professionals involved.
There are more that 60 million people living in the US who are obese. 9 million of these people are considered to be severely obese. Weight loss surgery which is also known as bariatric surgery is often successful when conventional methods have not worked and the patient's health is at risk. After smoking, overweight is the second most preventable death in the US.
If you have made the decision to have weight loss surgery, you should contact your medical insurance company to establish whether you are covered for the surgery to be performed. You should also consider contacting your own General Practitioner to ascertain whether there is any documentation proving your struggle with obesity. Medical Insurance companies often need to be satisfied the General Practitioner has made many efforts such as diet, counseling, and exercise to assist the patient to lose their excess weight.
Once you have established your position with the insurance company, you should begin looking and researching Bariatric Surgeons and a hospital.

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