Weight Loss Surgery: Your Questions Answered
Weight loss surgery, also known as bariatric surgery, is a treatment option available to overweight adults 18-65 years of age in the effort to prevent obesity-related medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and type-2 diabetes. Read on to learn more about bariatric surgery and whether or not it is right for you:
Is weight loss surgery right for everyone?
No—the surgical treatment is not for everyone. After a complete evaluation of the patient and a discussion of their options, your healthcare provider will determine if weight loss surgery is right for you. Since it is a life-altering procedure, it is necessary to make sure that each patient is prepared to make the lifestyle changes needed for a successful outcome.
How is eligibility determined?
The National Institutes of Health supports these guidelines for determining whether or not a patient is eligible for weight loss surgery:
- The patient must be between the ages of 18 and 65
- The patient must have a BMI (body mass index) of greater than 40 or between 35 and 40 with major obesity-related medical issues
- The patient must have attempted and failed previous non-surgical efforts to lose weight
- The patient must have realistic expectations of the surgery and be committed to continued management of their weight
Does insurance cover the cost of the procedure?
It is always a good idea to contact your insurance provider to find out whether or not weight loss surgery is a benefit on your plan; it may or may not be covered depending on your insurance plan.
Can the weight be regained?
Yes. If the patient does not comply with diet and exercise recommendations given by their health care provider, long-term weight loss is unlikely. Bariatric surgery is only the first step to losing weight.
Being overweight can have serious health consequences. At Riverside Community Hospital, our staff of health care professionals wants to help you live a healthier life. If you are interested in learning more about our Center for Surgical Weight Loss or about bariatric surgery in general, please contact us at (951) 788-3000.