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How much do you have to weigh for weight loss surgery?

How much do you have to weigh for weight loss surgery?

Depends: Body mass index(bmi) is typically referenced to determine if a patient is a candidate for surgery.Insurances require a min bmi of 35-40 with medical conditions or >40.If financing the procedure yourself, bmis as low as 30, especially if the patient has developed medical problems such as diabetes or htn.Some patients have even had a lap-band for bmis as low as 28 or 29. Surgery should be last resort. ...Read more

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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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I weigh 308lbs. Want lose weight! I don't want weight loss surgery. Are there docs who help w/ weight loss w/o doing surgery? Education/support/plan

I weigh 308lbs. Want lose weight! I don't want weight loss surgery. Are there docs who help w/ weight loss w/o doing surgery? Education/support/plan

Yes!: Good for you for wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes. There are many doctors who could help you. Start with your family doctor or internist. I really like the approach that functional medicine doctors take (see what functional medicine is here: http://functionalmedicine.Org/about/whatisfm/). I looked up one in philly that you might try: http://drreinamarino.Com/. Good luck! ...Read more

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My height is 4'10 and I weigh 275 maybe even more. Do I qualify for weight loss surgery. My weight has gotten so bad where my lower back hurts everytime I walk. I can't walk down the block for five minutes without pain?

My height is 4'10 and I weigh 275 maybe even more. Do I qualify for weight loss surgery. My weight has gotten so bad where my lower back hurts everytime I walk. I can't walk down the block for five minutes without pain?

YES: Your bmi is 58. Most insurance company provides coverage for bmi> 40. As your bmi gets closer to 60, your surgical risk is higher. You should get evaluated at a higher vol bariatric program for best treatment options. ...Read more

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I'm 5'1" & weigh 250 lbs, not over eating, under. Is weight loss surgery a good option? Chronic lower back pain=hard to exercise, weight hurts back

I'm 5'1" & weigh 250 lbs, not over eating, under. Is weight loss surgery a good option? Chronic lower back pain=hard to exercise, weight hurts back

If you are really: 7 years old, you should not be on HealthTap. If you are older, you MUST be overeating to weigh 250 pounds. If you do not have a medical condition, such as hypothyroidism, that can be treated -- you need intensive education in caloric restriction, increased physical activity and weight reduction. ...Read more

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I'm 22 year old girl, 5'5 and just weighed myself at 434 pounds. I'm very disgusted w/myself. I want to know which weight loss surgery would be best.

I'm 22 year old girl, 5'5 and just weighed myself at 434 pounds. I'm very disgusted w/myself. I want to know which weight loss surgery would be best.

Need to weigh risks: first with your doctor, before just chosing bariatric surgery first. There's pros and cons when your stomach is reduced to the size of a small finger or less. Before it's even a consideration, weight loss is mandatory to make sure of the success of the surgery, and a psychological profile too. So, being in the best shape to have it done is important, so you won't suffer complications. ...Read more

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Is weight loss surgery safe? Also, is it done in the uk, i hadn't heard about it until very recently? What changes to your lifestyle must you make?

Is weight loss surgery safe? Also, is it done in the uk, i hadn't heard about it until very recently? What changes to your lifestyle must you make?

Weight loss surgery : Yes it is safe if done by an experienced surgeon. It does require a big lifestyle change. No more junk food, sodas, you should eat much fewer carbs, and exercise regularly. It takes work, but the payoff is huge. ...Read more

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I've tried everything and can't lose weight. I am 230 lbs & gaining, 5'8" and 36% BF. Would I qualify for weight loss surgery or at least diet drugs?

I've tried everything and can't lose weight. I am 230 lbs & gaining, 5'8" and 36% BF. Would I qualify for weight loss surgery or at least diet drugs?

On 1200 calorie max?: A low-calorie diet speeds up weight loss. If a person eats fewer calories than he needs to live on each day, his body burns stored fuel (fat). If a person exercises more than he did before, but does NOT start eating more calories, then his body also uses stored fat. One can keep a diary of what happens when he eats+drinks no more than 1200 total calories per day, for 1 month, and see the doctor. ...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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How much time will it take to lose excess weight after weight-loss surgery?

How much time will it take to lose excess weight after weight-loss surgery?

6-12 months: Most sleeve patients will lose their weight (70% of excess wt) in 6 months. Most bypass patients will lose their weight (75-80% of excess weight) over 12 months. Band patients lose about 50% of excess weight over 2 yrs. ...Read more

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I have lost 50 pounds in a year with weight loss surgery. I don't want to diet, i haven't lost anything in 6 months how do I lose the last 20-30?

Easy part over: For about a year after surgery the surgery itself has done the work and weight loss has been relatively easy. From here on out unfortunately, any further weight loss is almost all up to you throught calorie restriction and exercise. Calories out has to be more than calories in.. ...Read more

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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. Michael Kleerekoper
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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