Weight loss surgery, what you need to know

During the holidays, it’s easy to put on a few pounds.  There is no shortage of food and drink at every party, family gathering and social function.  Keeping your food intake under control can be a little tricky, and for those who have battled with their weight, it’s even more difficult.  For some people diet and exercise won’t melt away the needed pounds.  Some turn to diet pills and others need a more drastic approach.

Weight loss surgery
A procedure, known as the lap band surgery, has become quite popular.  It’s a surgical procedure that puts a band around the stomach, making people feel full by consuming less food.

The procedure is the only FDA approved weight loss surgery available.  Last year the FDA changed the requirements for the surgery, lowering the weight requirements, so now more people are eligible for the surgery.

How do you know if it’s right for you?  Here is a list of the top 4 questions you should ask yourself before deciding on this procedure:

1.) Do I fit the medical requirement?
You must be 18 years old, have a BMI of at least 35, and have struggled with health problems that have been brought on by weight.

2.) Am I emotionally ready?
While this surgery can give patients a “jump start” it doesn’t mean it is a magic bullet.  Patients that undergo this surgery must be ready to commit to a new healthy lifestyle.

3.) Can I afford it?
According to the Consumers Guide to Bariatric Surgery, the cost can be anywhere from $17,000 to $30,000.  Some insurance companies will help with the cost.  You’ll want to consult your insurance provider to know how this will effect you.

4.) Have I done my homework?
Before you decide on this surgery, talk with your doctor.  Be sure to get all of your questions answered and know the risks and rewards of this procedure before moving forward.

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