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Demystifying Gastric Sleeve Complications

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Gastric Sleeve surgery is a proven safe and effective procedure for weight loss. While gastric  sleeve surgery is the newest of the “approved” surgeries for weight loss, it has quickly gained favor from physicians and patients alike. The surgery may soon surpass Lap Band and gastric bypass in popularity. Being overweight carries an increased risk of heart disease, an increased …

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Recovery From Gastric Sleeve – What To Expect From Day 1

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You know what procedure you’re going to have. You’ve picked your surgeon. Insurance has agreed to cover the procedure. You’ve even been scheduled for surgery! You’ve done your research and the big day is coming soon, but what happens after surgery? Surgery Day After your gastric sleeve surgery you should wake up in the hospital, a bit groggy and without …

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Lap Band Compared to Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Both procedures are effective and both carry certain risks and benefits. Which is right for you? Procedure Gastric Bypass Lap Band Operative Time 2 Hours 45 Minutes to 1 Hour Complication Rate Low Low Death Rate Low Very Low % Weight Loss 65% to 85% 30% to 55% Reversible No Yes Cost 25k 15k Insurance Cover? Yes Yes Appetite Suppression …

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Expected Weight Loss From Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Calculator

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Patients often want to know exactly how much weight they will lose from gastric sleeve surgery. The answer changes for every patient. But there are some easy ways to calculate your expected weight loss. Having proper expectations for how much weight you can expect to lose, assuming you follow the after surgery guidelines, is an important factor when considering your …

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Gastric Sleeves Now Covered By Insurance

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An amazing thing happened over the last few years. More and more surgeons have presented data that showed that gastric sleeves (Sleeve Gastrectomies) are an effective primary surgical procedure for weight loss. Insurance Agrees! And surprisingly one of the major insurance carriers agreed! United Healthcare should be applauded for listening to the experts in the field of bariatric medicine rather …

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Gastric Sleeve Surgery – Is It Right For Me?

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Gastric sleeve surgery (also known as sleeve gastrectomy) was originally the first part of a ‘staged’ gastric bypass surgery. Surgeons used a ‘staged’ approach for super morbid obese patients (extremely overweight). Instead of performing an entire gastric bypass surgery, surgeons would perform the first part of the procedure, reducing the size of the stomach. And then 18 months later when …

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How Much Weight Will You Lose After Lap Band Surgery?

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If you’re considering weight loss surgery then you should consider Lap Band surgery. There are three common weight loss procedures; Lap Band surgery, gastric bypass and gastric sleeve surgery. The technique and method of weight loss is different for every procedure. However, the goal is the same, to lose weight, reduce co-morbidities, and live a healthier life. The amount of …

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Lap Bands – How Long Do They Last?

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While Lap Bands have been shown to be an effective solution for obese patients who have tried other methods of weight loss without success, the gastric band procedure is relatively new and it involves an implant. Any sort of long-term implant should be considered very carefully. Do you recall any of the recent news about prosthetic hips and mesh recalls? …

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Average Cost of Lap Band Surgery

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Costs can vary based on your location. Do not let the price of Lap Band surgery affect your decision to choose a qualified surgeon. In fact, choosing a good surgeon is one of the most important choices you have prior to surgery. $8,995 USD to $30,000 USD is the pricing range across the country. $14,000 is the most often quoted …

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Lap Band Compared to Gastric Bypass Surgery

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Both procedures are effective and both carry certain risks and benefits. Which is right for you? Procedure Gastric Bypass Lap Band Operative Time 2 Hours 45 Minutes to 1 Hour Complication Rate Low Low Death Rate Low Very Low % Weight Loss 65% to 85% 30% to 55% Reversible No Yes Cost 25k 15k Insurance Cover? Yes Yes Appetite Suppression …

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Lap Band Complications

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Lap Band surgery is attractive because the surgery is relatively easy, its quick, and there is little chance of a serious complication. Even though there is little risk of a serious complication, there is a good chance that you’ll have a complication. Recent studies show that Lap Band patients have a 25% to 50% chance of a complication. What Is …

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All About Lap Band Fills

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A gastric band, commonly known as the Lap Band, is a silicon band that is placed around the upper portion of the stomach. On the inside of the band is a balloon. Attached to the balloon is a tube that attaches on the other side to a port that is located just under the patient’s skin. The Lap Band works …

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How Lap Bands Work

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Reviewed by Enrique Elli, M.D. The gastric band procedure (commonly known as Lap Band) is a restrictive weight loss surgery.The Lap Band was FDA approved for the treatment of morbid obesity in 2001 in the United States. Next to gastric bypass surgery, gastric banding is the second most frequently performed bariatric surgery. You should lose weight. It does not reduce …

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Sample Letter of Appeal for Bariatric Surgery

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The letter below is a sample of an effective appeal from a patient that was denied bariatric surgery. In this case the patient was denied gastric bypass surgery. Before writing your letter keep the following in mind. Do not lose the letter that your insurance company sent you telling you that you were denied! Most letters of denial include a …

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How to Appeal When Insurance Denies Bariatric Surgery

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Its very possible that your insurance company denied your first request for coverage of bariatric surgery. This is often true even if your insurance company specifically has a policy to cover weight loss surgery for qualifying patients. In fact, some surgeons suggest that as many as 40% of patients have to appeal their insurance company’s initial denial before the company …

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Medically Supervised Weight Loss Programs

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There is a good chance you will be required to take part in a medically supervised weight loss program. What does this mean? You will probably have to take part in a total weight loss program that will include, exercise, diet, and/or medication. Some insurances require this to be supervised by a physician other than your surgeon. The purpose of …

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What is a Weight Loss Seminar? Do I Need To Attend?

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Weight Loss Seminars are typically held monthly but bigger bariatric surgery practices will hold seminars weekly or even every few days. Weight Loss Seminars are a low-pressure way to meet a surgeon and find out more about obesity surgery. A good weight loss surgery seminar will include the following: An overview of all obesity surgery procedures Gastric Lap Banding Laparoscopic …

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What is a Comorbidity?

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A comorbidity is a disease that is the result of, or strongly related to, a primary disease. As it applies to weight loss surgery, the disease is morbid obesity and the comorbidities are many. Morbid Obesity is a condition when you are severely overweight. Body Mass Index (BMI) is a calculation that uses your height and weight to create a …

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Letter of Medical Necessity

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The Letter of Medical Necessity is required by every insurance company prior to obesity surgery. The Letter of Medical Necessity says that you are morbidly obese, according to the NIH guidelines or the guidelines that your insurance company lays out. Because you are morbidly obese it is then a medical necessity to have this procedure. Being morbidly obese is life-threatening …

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Weight Loss Surgery – Insurance Coverage Criteria

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The list below is organized by insurance company. We include the following important information for each insurance company listed: Which weight loss surgeries are covered. Required criteria before gastric bypass, Lap Band or other procedures are approved for coverage. If Lap Band fills are covered after surgery. Contact information for your insurance provider. A link to the insurance policy detailing …

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Weight Loss Surgery Insurance Coverage And Costs

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One study shows that the average time from the point someone considers weight loss surgery to actually having the procedure is 3 years. A lot of time can be spent studying, reading and talking to post-op patients about their surgery. The average cost of gastric bypass surgery is $22k, the average cost of lap band is $14k, and the average …

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Quiz – Am I Ready For Weight Loss Surgery?

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We can spend years researching weight loss surgery. Why do we spend so much time considering surgery but never taking action? Well, surgery is scary. But that’s not the real reason.

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Top 7 Apps After Weight Loss Surgery

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You’ve had weight loss surgery and you’re on your way to a thinner and healthier life. You’d like to take advantage of technology and use some of the great apps out there to help you along the way. But which apps should you use? There are a lot of choices and many of them seem similar. We reviewed over 30 …

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Which Weight Loss Surgery Forum Should I Join?

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Weight loss surgery is a big decision. Weight loss surgery is also an emotional roller coaster. Successful patients typically have a strong support group. And while family is wonderful to have as support, none of them can relate to your surgery unless they have gone through it. Weight loss surgery forums are the best way to share your personal experiences …

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Suggested Reading Before and After Surgery

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You can never read and learn enough when it comes to a life-changing procedure like weight loss surgery. People that succesfully keep the weight off know that weight loss surgery is only the tool to help you lose weight. It will not keep the weight off and weight loss surgery is not the easy way out. Its only the beginning …

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Weight Loss Surgery – Insurance Coverage Criteria

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The list below is organized by insurance company. We include the following important information for each insurance company listed: Which weight loss surgeries are covered. Required criteria before gastric bypass, Lap Band or other procedures are approved for coverage. If Lap Band fills are covered after surgery. Contact information for your insurance provider. A link to the insurance policy detailing …

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Am I Morbidly Obese?

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In order to qualify for weight loss surgery you have to be considered morbidly obese. By definition this term means that you are sick with obesity and because of this you are more likely to suffer from comorbidities. The National Institute of Health (NIH) set the standards to measure and treat obesity. There are many factors that are considered. However, …

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