Blue Cross Requirements for Weight Loss Surgery

Duodenal Switch vs. Gastric Sleeve

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Once it is found that you qualify for bariatric surgery, you and your doctor are going to need to determine the option that makes the most sense for your health, BMI, budget, and commitment to weight loss. One of the most common options used by bariatric surgeons today is known as the gastric sleeve, or the “vertical sleeve gastrectomy.”

Yet despite the success of gastric sleeve there is another related surgery, known as the duodenal switch, that may support greater weight loss in patients. But how do gastric sleeve and duodenal switch compare? We explore the two options in this article. (more…)

Pouch Resetting After Weight Loss Surgery

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Gastric bypass surgery is considered one of the most effective solutions for weight loss in those with obesity that have struggled to lose weight. The surgery limits the number of calories a patient can eat, greatly reducing their hunger and automatically lowering their BMI. It’s typical for most patients to lose well over a hundred pounds during the one or two years that follow surgery, with an average of 60% excess weight loss. (more…)

How to Appeal Insurance Denial for Weight Loss Surgery

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Bariatric surgery is often a necessary step to save those struggling with morbid obesity that are unable to lose weight without help. While it is considered a last resort for weight loss patients, it is also one of the most effective and life-saving techniques available for addressing the challenges associated with obesity. (more…)

What Bariatric Surgeries Are Covered By Insurance?

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Bariatric surgeries are effective at helping obese patients who haven’t otherwise been able to lose weight find a medical solution that is proven effective at supporting weight loss. For many, it is a lifesaving procedure, but due to their high costs, most patients need their health insurance carrier to help them pay for the surgery. (more…)

How to Shrink Your Liver Before Weight Loss Surgery

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Obesity causes significant stress and damage to the body. From diabetes to sleep apnea to heart disease, there are dozens of changes that obesity makes to the body that can affect your health and potentially reduce your lifespan. (more…)

Gastric Sleeve Surgery: Forbidden Foods, Avoid Them After Surgery

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Gastric Sleeve Forbidden Foods

Also known as vertical sleeve gastrectomy, gastric sleeve surgery is a surgical procedure that reduces the size of the stomach by 85%. During the surgery, a section of the stomach is removed leaving a thin tube-shaped stomach. Because the stomach is so much smaller, the patient will feel full faster and consume less food leading to weight loss. (more…)

Bariatric (Weight Loss) Surgery Statistics (Updated 2015)

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Current Statistics on Bariatric Surgery

Obesity Surgery StatisticsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control, the obesity rate in America is somewhere between 26-32%, almost 1 in 3 Americans. Since 1988, the average American male has gained over 17 pounds while the average female has gained about 15 ½, Spotlight on Obesity reports. If these trends continue, nearly 43% of all Americans will be obese by 2018. The CDC also reports that the annual medical cost of obesity in America is $147 billion and the annual medical cost for obese persons versus average weight individuals is $1,429 more. (more…)

10 Things to Know Before Undergoing Weight Loss Surgery

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It’s important to take great care when considering whether or not bariatric surgery is for you. By understanding all of the factors involved with surgery, you can make the most informed decision for your particular health. (more…)

Gastric Sleeve Versus Gastric Bypass: Comparison of Bariatric Surgeries

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Individuals that have tried other kinds of weight loss programs and failed often look to weight loss surgery as a means to lose weight and keep it off. This is especially the case if the individual is in danger of developing comorbidities due to obesity such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol. Two of the most common types of weight loss surgery include the gastric sleeve and gastric bypass. These two surgeries have some similarities and some differences. Before selecting one of them it is important to know what these are. (more…)

Free Bariatric Surgery Protein Samples

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Because of how restrictive and malabsorptive so many weight loss surgeries are, it’s important to take extra care to your nutrition post-surgery. Since most of the food consumed is bypassed in the body, a lot or more of the nutrients are not absorbed. Because of this, regular nutritional supplements and minerals are needed for optimal health. (more…)