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How can i obtain bariatric surgery?

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Dr. Scott Welker
General Surgery 27 years experience
Pay big bucks: Bariatric surgery is quite expensive, $10k or more, and usually not covered by insurance. A safer and effective method that might run you a few hundred dollars is good old fashioned diet and exercise. Buy the dvds from "the biggest loser", go to websites like loseit.Com, and invest in a gym membership or a treadmill. Add nutrisystem or weightwatchers so the meals are easier. You can do it!
Dr. Scott Welle
Bariatrics 16 years experience
Make an appt: The first step is to check with yoir insurance to see if bariatric surgery is a covered benefit. Then make an appointment with your surgeon to discuss your options and which surgery may be the best for you.
Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Find a good doc: Do your research. Find a surgeon who has great ratings on vitals or healthgrades or obesity help websites. Then call and make an appointment. Think about all alternatives. See someone with plenty of experience. Find one with true compassion.
Dr. Matthew St. Laurent
Bariatrics 29 years experience
Meet criteria: To be eligible for weight loss surgery, insurances require a bmi of 40 or higher or between 35-40 with at least one underlying serious medical condition such as diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension or heart disease. If a patient plans on self financing the procedure, then a bmi as low as 30 may be considered. Attend a free seminar to learn more info and determine if your a candidate.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine 25 years experience
Find a surgeon.: Find an experienced Bariatric surgeon in your area and schedule a consultation. Www.obesityhelp.com may help.

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