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what happens if one is on medicare disability can they have gastric bypass surgery and it be covered?

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Dr. Catherine Spratt turner
32 years experience Family Medicine
Bariatric surgery: You would need to check with your insurance company. Many times depending on your other medical issues it may be deemed medically necessary. Good luck
Answered on Jul 24, 2014
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Dr. Catherine Spratt turner
32 years experience Family Medicine
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I agree. Diet, behavior modification and a structured exercise program are the best. But if that is not happening, the risks of existing disease may outweigh surgical risks
Jul 24, 2014
Dr. Adam Smith
Dr. Adam Smith commented
16 years experience Internal Medicine
I suggest that all patients considering bariatric surgery research the Mediterranean Diet and watch the documentary Forks Over Knives, which streams free on Netflix. It gives a clear demonstration of how dietary changes can reverse many of most common dietarily-induced chronic diseases.
Jul 23, 2014

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