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Does Independent Health Cover Gastric Bypass Surgery
Bypass works: Gastric bypass "works" in 95-97%. Works in three ways: 1. Small pouch makes you feel full. 2. Decreased ghrelin (hunger hormone). 3. Diverts food from lower stomach and duodenum (helps with diabetes). Must eat appropriately. Solid food, no sipping with food, no sweets, no bad snacks. Most lose 80% of excess weight at one year. Then some bounce back with total loss at 5-7 years of 70% excess wt. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Snesthesia specific: Patient's who qualify for bariatric surgery are already at risk for sleep apnea and collapsed lungs. Why make things worse by triggering constriction of airways? I know of many bariatric surgeons who refuse surgery on smokers. Remember, post-surgical instructions are very strict so you have to demonstrate the ability to change unhealthy behaviors prior to surgery. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
If denied insurance coverage for gastric sleeve procedure because no co morbidities, what are the options? Qnexa?
Cost of bypass: That depends. Generally speaking, health insurance covers the cost of surgery. However, you may have a co-pay of 10, 20, even 50%. If you didn't have any insurance at all, it could cost you $30, 000 to have a gastric bypass done depending on where and by who. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Bariatric surgery will often resolve many medical issues along with successful weight loss. Some of the most significant health conditions that can be improved or resolved with bariatric surgery include, type 2 diabetes ( previously described as adult onset or non Insulin dependent ) , sleep apnea , high blood presssure , gastroesophageal reflux disease, and osteoarthritis. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Nutritional ramifications and gastric bypass surgery? What are the nutritional ramifications to gastric bypass surgery? What vitamins can't be absorbed?
There : There are many nutritional changes after bypass surgery and they can vary depending on type of bypass or band. If you are thinking of undergoing bypass surgery be sure that wherever you are thinking of having the procedure preformed there is a nutritionist as they will be an important part of your medical team. Usually, immediately following surgery, there will be strict guidelines for how much and what types of food to eat. These will loosen over time. It is important to remember that you can still gain weight and have your bypass fail if you continue with poor eating habits. While you will feel full after little food you can stretch the pouch. Avoid foods with high fat and sugar content. Remember at first to eat very slowly, stop when full, chew food well, and concentrate on protein and hydration. Over time, months, you will most likely be able to eat all the foods you used to, but much less. Most often people will eat three, small, well chewed meals per day. Because of changes in gastric acidity and the new structuring of the intestine after roux-en-y gastric bypass the absorption of several micronutrients may be affected; b12, calcium, vitamin d, folate, iron, and thiamine to name a few. Your physician will usually do blood tests at 3 months, 6 months, and then yearly to follow lipid levels, iron levels, B12 and folate levels, calcium, vitamin d and parathyroid hormone levels, and your blood count. Most recommend taking a multivitamin with minerals and iron daily, and a B12 supplement (may be oral or injected). If your iron level is low you may be instructed to take a supplement --only do this if your level is low. You may also need additional calcium or vitamin d depending on your lab work. Patients undergoing lap banding may only need a multivitamin. Above all remember to work closely with your doctor and nutritionist. Weight loss surgery takes a lifelong commitment to be successful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cost of bypass: That varies tremendously. If you have great insurance, it could cost you nothing. If you paid cash for a bypass at a hospital, it can cost you upwards of $30, 000. The average cash price for a band is close to $20, 000 but there are chop shops that will do it for as little as $13, 000 (and even less in mexico). I would not bargain shop. I have seen a lot of complications from these bargain places. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Malabsorption: The lap band is a device placed to make the stomach seem smaller thus allowing you to eat less and feel satisfied. With the bypass, a surgeon creates a smaller stomach by cutting which has a similar effect. Additionally, the intestines are cut and rerouted so that the upper segment is "bypassed". This decreases the absorption of food which leads to faster and relatively easier weight loss. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How often robotic assisted coronary artery bypass surgery used and advantage co or pro over the regular bypass.
My BMI is 43 would i be eligible for gastric band surgery or bypass ? I don't have any health issues
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