Weight loss surgery, also called bariatric surgery, can be a good option for people who have tried and failed to lose weight using other methods. If it’s right for you, there are several different types of surgery that can help you achieve your goals. But before making the decision to do this type of major surgery, it’s important to understand what the risks and benefits are so that you know exactly what you’re getting into.
You need to lose weight first.
You need to lose weight first. If you’re considering weight loss surgery, there are some things you need to know. First and foremost, you need to be healthy enough for this procedure. You also need to be under the Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30; this is a measure of how much fat is in your body compared with healthy tissue and bone. And just like any surgery, there are risks involved—so it’s important that your surgeon has experience performing bariatric procedures and will provide post-operative care after surgery as well as follow-up visits after that initial stay in the hospital or clinic where your operation was performed.
You also need support before going under the knife: friends who will help keep you accountable for sticking with your diet plan or exercise regime once home from recovery; family members who can serve as moral support when things get tough; professional counselors trained in working with patients who have undergone weight loss surgery; even online communities where people share their experiences seeking help from others facing similar challenges
You’ll need to prove you’ve tried other methods of losing weight.
Before you can have weight loss surgery, you’ll need to prove that you’ve tried to lose weight on your own. This means showing the doctor that you’ve been in therapy or at least seen an internist or primary care physician. You also have to provide documentation of your exercise habits, including how often and how much time per week (or month) is spent exercising.
If it seems like a lot of hoops to jump through, don’t worry—it’s for your safety. The surgeon wants to ensure that this is a last resort option for losing weight and that there aren’t other issues causing obesity before going under the knife.*
You need a drive to succeed and a plan for after surgery.
Be prepared to commit to weight loss surgery, and it’s not just about losing the pounds. You need to be committed to losing weight, but you also have to commit yourself to sticking with diet and exercise plans, and making lifestyle changes that will keep you fit for the long haul.
To achieve lasting success after surgery, you need a drive for change that goes beyond your own personal needs or desires. Think about what’s best for your health as well as others who depend on you—your family members, friends, coworkers—and make them part of your plan from day one.
Insurance may cover some or all of the cost.
Insurance companies are beginning to recognize the benefits of bariatric surgery and weight loss procedures, so some may cover part or all of your procedure.
Though you might not be able to afford the cost of a full or partial gastric bypass procedure out-of-pocket, insurance companies may consider covering it if:
- You’re morbidly obese (a BMI higher than 40) or have been diagnosed with diabetes or another serious medical condition associated with obesity.
- You’ve tried other methods for losing weight without success; for example, you’ve tried dieting and exercising for at least six months and lost less than 10% of your body weight during that time.
- Your doctor says that you’re at risk for serious health problems due to your excess weight and provides evidence from an evaluation showing how much better off you would be after having bariatric surgery than if you continued to try other methods on your own.
Weight Loss Surgery is not easy, but it isn’t out of the question for anyone who needs it.
Weight loss surgery is not for everyone. It is a serious surgery that requires a lot of time, energy and commitment to achieve results. Weight loss surgery is not a quick fix or magic bullet that will make you thin overnight. It’s not a diet, either; it’s actually the opposite of that—a tool to help you drop weight permanently.
If you’re looking into weight loss surgery as an option for helping you shed pounds, keep these tips in mind:
- Think long term—if you’ve ever wanted to lose weight but couldn’t stick with it long enough, this could be your chance! The key here is consistency; if your motivation wanes after a month or two (or three), consider other methods. Maybe lifestyle changes like increasing exercise levels or reducing portion sizes would work better than drastic measures like taking pills or having surgery? There are no rules—you just have to figure out what works best for YOU!
If you’re considering weight loss surgery, it’s important to note that it’s not an easy process. You’ll need to prove that you’ve tried other methods of losing weight before going under the knife, and you’ll still have to work hard after your operation. However, if this is what it takes for you to live a healthier and happier life, then you know this might be an option for you to explore further