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Dr. Joseph Kuhn
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Weight Loss Surgery (Definition)

Surgical procedures for obesity may be appropriate for some dangerously obese people, and they may reduce heart problems and many of the risks associated with obesity. These risks include high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and diabetes. In fact, surgery provides much greater control of weight and diabetes than nonsurgical weight-loss methods. Studies are reporting significant reductions in diabetes, and the need for diabetic medications, after surgery. Other medical conditions that often improve after surgery include heartburn, arthritis, and other joint and circulation problems. The care of patients undergoing bariatric surgery, before and after surgery, requires specialized expertise and facilities. Studies have shown that the likelihood of complications is significantly associated with the experience of the surgeon and staff. Bariatric surgeries produce weight loss through one of two approaches: * Restrictive Banding Procedures. These procedures restrict the amount of food by closing off parts of the stomach with bands. * Malabsorptive Bypass Procedures. This approach restricts the amount of food and also reduces absorption by using a bypass of parts of the intestine. The malabsorptive procedures are more successful in achieving weight loss than the banding approach, but they carry a greater ...Read more


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What insurance companies will cover weight loss surgery?

What insurance companies will cover weight loss surgery?

Most: Every policy is different. Some policies cover and some exclude it. Check with a local benefits person at your job. ...Read more

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How safe is weight loss surgery?

How safe is weight loss surgery?

Wanna live?: If you qualify for weight lose surgery then you should seriously consider it. In the right surgical hands you will do well. Behavior modification is important but can be worked at after surgery because only then do you realize what you need to do to be succesful. ...Read more

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Is weight loss surgery effective?

Is weight loss surgery effective?

Yes if you work it: I have seen people do very well after weight loss surgery. It takes few months after surgery for results to show it is not dramatic the weight loss. But keep tonifying the body and with weight loss make sure you manage nutritional needs simultaneously. ...Read more

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How useful is weight-loss surgery?

How useful is weight-loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery: Weight loss surgery can be tremendously successful. Not only does it result in successful long term weight loss, over 80% of patients with type 2 diabetes will be cured after a gastric bypass. Surgery is the only proven method of long term weight loss. By that I mean published medical trials have proven that diets fail and surgery works. ...Read more

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Should I have weight loss surgery?

Should I have weight loss surgery?

See your doctor.: Certainly we have no details here of your situation, but a decision whether to have weight-loss surgery can only be made after weighing the potential risks and potential benefits. This discussion would be best served by going to your doctor. Weight-loss surgery certainly can carry with it many risks, but in some circumstances could be the best thing. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is a weight loss surgery like?

What is a weight loss surgery like?

Weight loss surgery: Well, the best thing to do is to ask patients who have undergone weight loss surgery. That gives you some realistic expectations. You can also attend a weight loss surgery seminar put on by a bariatric surgeon in your area. Just make sure you find a center that has a good reputation and has done thousands of weight loss operations. I can't really answer your question in this short space. ...Read more

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When can you get a weight loss surgery?

When can you get a weight loss surgery?

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. ...Read more

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Is having weight loss surgery giving up?

Absolutely not!!!!!: Why would you ask this? Losing weight is very hard. It is definitely very hard to lose weight. Some people have a more difficult time than others. Even though undergoing weight loss surgery is a very big step, it is not GIVING UP. If you feel this way, you should not have the surgery. ...Read more

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Could weight loss surgery actually work?

Could weight loss surgery actually work?

Weight loss: Not only can it work, it is the only proven method for long term weight loss in the morbidly obese population. Weight loss surgery is far more effective than dieting. The risks of surgery are much less than the risks of staying obese the rest of your life. ...Read more

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What is involved for weight loss surgery?

What is involved for weight loss surgery?

Complex process: Public has a false notion gastric by pass like other surgeries just walk in, get done and go home. If they are over weight. After procedure life is not going to be a picnic. First have to see the team for suitability from psychological to metabolic, pulmonary, cardiac etc. Try wt loss diet, exercises for few months, after this they may consider for the procedure, once selected no take down ever. ...Read more

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What to tell me about weight loss surgery?

Not recommended: Surgery for weight loss does not and will not give you the all satisfaction and healthy outcome from quick fix. ...Read more

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What's the best weight loss surgery to get?

What's the best weight loss surgery to get?

Depends: All have positives and downsides. Study them and find the surgeon that prefers each and attend their seminars. ...Read more

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I would like advice on weight loss surgery?

Join WLP: You should first join a weight loss program near you. It will give you available options for weight loss that is ideal for your particular situation. Every patient is different. You will require to have psychological evaluation, nutritional evaluation, exercise program and medical evaluation before being a candidate for surgery. The whole program may take 6-12 months. ...Read more

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What happens in getting weight loss surgery?

What happens in getting weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery: Far too much to write in this little space. It is safe, it is effective, it can cure many medical problems, and the only regret my patients express is that they wish they had surgery sooner. Get more info at these sites.
http://www. Realize. Com/gastric-bypass
http://www. Realize. Com/adjustable-gastric-band
http://www. Realize. Com/sleeve-gastrectomy
http://www. Lapband. Com/compare-lapband. ...Read more

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Should teenagers receive weight loss surgery?

Last resort: To prevent complications of morbid obesity. They should try everything else first--dietary modification, psychiatrist, exercise, and of course medical evaluation to exclude any medical causes. You need to weight its potential benefits v. Risks both long and short term for every surgical procedure. This is different for every person, so you need to get professional advice from your doctor. ...Read more

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What should you eat after weight loss surgery?

What should you eat after weight loss surgery?

In General...: Weight loss surgery forces you to change how you eat, forever (unless you use a lap band, which may be reversible). You will have to get used to eating small meals because your stomach will be reduced to a tiny size. If you are ready to take it seriously, see a nutritionist and get started with a non-surgical program for weight loss because you will have to prove you are committed to your health. ...Read more

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I am 5'3 230 lbs can I have weight loss surgery?

I am 5'3 230 lbs can I have weight loss surgery?

Try to loose wt: First try to loose weight, your bmi is 40.7 you are over eight not a morbid obesity, first try to lose weight by exercise, diet. If you change your habits you will not need weight loss surgery, and most of the time you will succed. ...Read more

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What are the pros and cons of weight loss surgery?

What are the pros and cons of weight loss surgery?

See below: Pros- weight loss, improvement of diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol. Cons - surgical complications (infection, bleeding, etc), malabsorption (if bypass surgery), band slippage (if lap band). If you are seriously considering it, meet with a surgeon to discuss risks. ...Read more

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How young is too young to get weight loss surgery?

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. ...Read more

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What is the number one weight loss surgery to get?

What is the number one weight loss surgery to get?

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. ...Read more

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Does anyone know how much weight loss surgery costs?

Does anyone know how much weight loss surgery costs?

Different types: It varies quite a bit depending on what type of operation-- the options range from a adjustable gastric band to a laparoscopic gastric bypass, to a sleeve gastrectomy operation. It depends on who does the operation, how much post-op care is included in the price, and how much is covered by your insurance. ...Read more

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What makes a good candidate for weight-loss surgery?

What makes a good candidate for weight-loss surgery?

Weight & attitude: Ideally, candidates for weight loss surgery should be 75-100 pounds overweight ( (bmi >40) and should have tried other nutritional an medical options. This prior nutritional experience is very valuable in terms of postop success. If other medical conditions exist (diabetes, sleep apnea, hypertension, high cholesterol, joint and back disease) then surgery seems to rise to awareness at a bmi of 35. ...Read more

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How old do you have to be to have weight loss surgery?

How old do you have to be to have weight loss surgery?

Depends: Most insurances require the patient to be at least 18 although a few are allowing as young as 15 if they meet significant medical necessity. If the patient or family self finances the procedure then it's up to the surgeon and their comfort level and their experience with potentially younger patients. There are no absolute contraindications to operating on younger patients as long as they're healthy. ...Read more

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What's the most effective form of weight loss surgery?

Switch or bypass: Although weight loss might be 5-10 pounds greater with a switch, this operation carries the greatest risk. 5-10% reverse rate due to malnutrition or diarrhea. Only 1-2% of bariatric surgeons even offer this. Therefore, the best, safest is the gastric bypass. Usually lose 80% of excess weight which hovers back to 70% by 4-5 yrs. 99% laparoscopic. 1/1000 reversal rate. Considered gold standard. ...Read more

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Help please? What is the cheapest weight loss surgery?

Help please? What is the cheapest weight loss surgery?

Cheapest surgery: That is the wrong question to ask. First of all, insurance usually covers surgery. Second, you should ask which surgery would be best for you. The cost should be irrelevant. Even if you have to pay a portion out of pocket, the differences between the band, bypass, and sleeve are minimal. You can bargain shop for shoes or clothes, but not for your health. ...Read more

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I Have 197lbs am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?

I Have 197lbs am I a candidate for weight loss surgery?

Bartiatric Surgery: There are many things that can be done before you resort to weight loss surgery. Please speak w/your doctor. Ask him/her about a ketogenic diet. It allows your body to burn fat for fuel rather than sugar. Also think holistically. How is your exercise level and sleep? If someone has bariatric surgery they still need to change lifestyle after surgery. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Main reasons why one should opt for weight loss surgery?

Main reasons why one should opt for weight loss surgery?

Weight loss surgery: Improving your health. It's a fact that morbidly obese people die much sooner than non obese people. So if you are morbidly obese and want a better quality of life, live a longer life, be able to move around easier, not have to take a bunch of meds, and feel better, you have weight loss surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible for weight loss surgery to prolong my life?

Is it possible for weight loss surgery to prolong my life?

Yes: Major risk factors are reduced like complications of heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and helps with metabolic syndrome (weight induced illness). ...Read more

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Wondering if it's okay for me to have weight loss surgery?

Surgery for weight: Speak to a surgeon who performs the procedure. Ask them at what weight do they recommend the surgery and after what modalities you can try to lose. Certainly, every surgeon is going to want you to go on a weight loss diet and exercise regimen first. Referrals to heart, lung and psychiatry, and often a sleep study may be preformed first before surgery is considered. Best wishes. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Losing Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more


Dr. Janice Alexander
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Lose Weight (Definition)

Many people resolve to lose weight in the New Year for different reasons. For those who are overweight or obese, there are many health benefits to losing weight. It can help decrease your chances of developing diseases including diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoarthritis, and even certain types of cancer. Low-calorie diets combined with increased physical activity are thought to be most effective long term. The healthiest weight loss regimen, therefore, is one that consists of making lifestyle changes that incorporate a balanced diet ...Read more