What is it?
Obesity is a typical health problem in the United States. Unfortunately, though the problem is very apparent and is continuously increasing, the treatment for obesity is very complex, particularly when the patient is not seen with a correctable endocrine predicament. The most common type of weight loss program involves low-fat, low-calorie balanced diets, together with an exercise routine. However, for morbid obesity, the only solution is a surgery. One of the most popular procedures is the laparoscopic weight loss surgery.
Understanding Morbid Obesity
If you weigh more than 100 pounds over your supposed body weight or if your BMI is between 35 and 40, you are considered obese. To determine your BMI, multiply your current weight by 705. The result should be divided by your height in inches, and then divided by your height again. Extremely obese people have an increased chance of suffering from hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, heart disease, osteoarthritis, and sleep apnea.
Discuss your condition with your doctor. He will educate you about BMI and thoroughly examine your need for weight loss surgery. You most likely be allowed to undergo laparoscopic weight loss surgery if the attempts at restrictive, healthy diet and workout plans have failed.
Pay for the Surgery with Your Insurance Policy
Studies have clearly shown that people who are obese have a shorter life span. Currently, numerous insurance companies consider obesity as a significant health risk and agree to pay for laparoscopic weight reduction programs. It’s best to contact your insurance provider to find out if your present policy covers this medical procedure. Also, take a look at our affordable, resort-like packages to see which one is right for you.
Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Procedure
* About four to six small incisions will be made in your abdomen with each being less than half to an inch long. These openings will permit your surgeon to pass a camera, light, and surgical instruments to your abdomen.
* Your abdomen will be inflated with carbon dioxide, so your surgeon will see your stomach, as well as other internal structures.
* To complete the laparoscopic weight loss surgery, surgical devices about the width of a standard pencil will be placed to your abdomen.
* In combined restrictive and malabsorptive weight reduction programs, more than 95% of your stomach will be bypassed while the small part of the stomach remains fully functional.
* Sleeve gastrectomy is the elimination of two-thirds of your stomach with a bypass of your small intestines.
* In an adjustable gastric band operation, your stomach will be cinched or restructured by placing a band, which can be adjusted by your surgeon when necessary for further weight loss.