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when can you get a weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Surgery: The simple answer is "When you can afford it". What is your weight and height and also your Body Mass Index? (BMI can be found on the web.) I would strongly recommend that before you have surgery you see a dietitian and also a trainer. You won't lose weight as quickly as you would with surgery but I would encourage you to see those two folks and get their opinion about surgery or not.

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A 48-year-old member asked:

How would I go about getting financial help for weight-loss surgery?

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Dr. Scott Beard
Urogynecology 25 years experience
Go to the doc: Their offices are usually aware of all possiblities for this. If none open to you, you can take out a home equity loan, talk to your financial advisor.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How young is too young to get weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Mark Gujer md fasa
Anesthesiology 26 years experience
It's Best: To finish growing first as malabsorption is part of the surgical result. It would also ideally be best to have your child bearing years behind you if you are female. Sit down and discuss with a bariatric surgeon. Ultimately you should strive for medically managed weightless first and consider surgery only after all noninvasive methods have failed. Except for the band, it's a permanent surgery.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What is the number one weight loss surgery to get?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Best operation: There is no "best" operation. Different people do better with different operations. The gastric bypass is the gold standard and is the best operation in general. However, it may not be the perfect one for you. It is an individual decision, and the best operation for someone else may not be the best for you. There are many factors that go into choosing the right operation.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Can you please describe the first step in getting weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Gregg Nishi
Bariatrics 22 years experience
Weight loss surgery: Do your research and find a surgeon with years of experience and a good reputation. Make an appointment and see if you are comfortable with the surgeon. It doesn't hurt to get a second or even third opinion. Having surgery is a big decision and you want a competent and caring surgeon that you are comfortable with. You also want a practice that offers a lot of support programs as well.
A 33-year-old member asked:

What happens in getting weight loss surgery?

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Dr. Tom Pousti
Specializes in Plastic Surgery
Seek Consultation.: Seek consultation with reputable well experienced bariatric surgeons. During this consultation process you will be able to communicate your goals, discuss options, and learn about the risks/complications associated with the various options. Extensive preoperative “workup” ( determining both physical and psychosocial appropriateness for the procedure) will likely be performed.

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