Weight Loss Surgery: Do You Qualify?

Obesity is a major health issue in America in the 21st century, posing a difficult therapeutic challenge for clinicians.  Researchers and physicians are beginning to realize that obesity is a chronic condition that contributes to the development of numerous life-threatening or disabling disorders, including coronary heart disease, hypertension, Type II diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, degenerative joint disease, and obstructive sleep apnea. Significant weight reduction in the morbidly obese has been demonstrated to improve or reverse co-morbid illness, while also benefiting a patient’s psychological, social and economic well-being.

Qualifying for Weight Loss Surgery

Most insurers adhere strictly to National Institutes of Health (NIH) guidelines regarding weight requirements for bariatric surgery, as determined by your body mass index (BMI). You can calculate your BMI by dividing your weight in kilograms by the square of your height in meters (kg/m2). A BMI between 25 and 29.9 is considered normal. A BMI > 30 defines obesity, while a BMI > 40 represents severe or morbid obesity. Candidates for operative intervention should have a BMI > 40 kg/m2, or a BMI > 35 kg/m2 when associated with high-risk co-morbid conditions.

The decision to undergo weight loss surgery deserves much thought, a complete understanding and acceptance of the lifestyle and dietary changes resulting from the procedure, and thorough knowledge of the benefits and potential risks of the surgery.  Provost Bariatrics offers monthly information and question/answer sessions for patients who are considering weight loss surgery.

Dr. Provost specializes in laparoscopic gastric bypass, laparoscopic gastric sleeve, Lap-Band, and revisional surgery to correct complications and failures in previous weight loss surgery operations. Should you choose to undergo weight loss surgery, Dr. Provost will explain the expectations, risks and benefits of each course of treatment at your initial consultation. To learn more about these procedures, we invite you to contact our office at (254) 724-2397, or attend one of our upcoming informational sessions.

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