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Surgery to alleviate obesity and produce weight loss is a serious undertaking.
Anyone thinking about surgery should understand what a gastrointestinal weight loss operation involves. Patients and physicians should carefully consider the following surgical benefits and risks:
Weight Loss Surgery - Benefits
Right after surgery, most patients lose weight quickly and continue to lose for 18 to 24 months after the procedure. Although most patients regain 5 to 10 percent of the weight they lost, many maintain a long-term weight loss of about 100 pounds.
Surgery improves most obesity-related conditions.For example, in one study blood sugar levels of 83 percent of obese patients with diabetes returned to normal after surgery. Nearly all patients whose blood sugar levels did not return to normal were older or had lived with diabetes for a long time.
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Weight Loss Surgery - Costs
The medical costs of gastrointestinal weight loss surgery can be high. ($20,000+). Medical insurance coverage varies by state and insurance provider.
If you are considering gastrointestinal surgery, contact your regional Medicare or Medicaid office or insurance plan to find out if the procedure is covered.
Is Weight Loss Surgery for You?
Gastrointestinal surgery may be the next step for people who remain severely obese after trying nonsurgical approaches, or for people who have an obesity-related disease.
Candidates for surgery have:
If you fit the profile for surgery, answers to the following questions may help you decide whether weight-loss or gastrointestinal surgery is appropriate for you.
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Weight Loss Surgery - No Guarantees
There are no guarantees for any method, including surgery, to produce and maintain weight loss.
Success is possible only with maximum cooperation and commitment to weight-related behavioral change and medical follow-up - and this cooperation and commitment must be carried out for the rest of your life.
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