How long does it take for a person to get approved for weight loss surgery?

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The amount of time it takes for a person to get aproved for weight loss surgery can depend mostly on insurance requirements for the surgery. Some insurances require people to demonstrate a certain amount of weight loss before they are eligible for surgery. Some insurances require classes about the surgery and how to succeed after surgery to keep the weight off before getting surgery.
Keith Kreitz, MD
Bariatric Medicine
It takes about three months for a person to get approved for weight loss surgery, from the first visit to the doctor until the person is medically cleared. During this period the person undergoes blood work, an exhaustive education component, a sleep study and evaluations with other doctors to make sure this is the right and proper step. Between the heart, lungs and mind, a lot of evaluation is done.

The other part is the insurance. Insurance companies sometimes mandate that the person has to stop the weight-gain process. In other words, once people see the doctor, they have to be religious about trying to be healthy. Also, some insurance companies mandate a three to six month medically supervised weight loss regiment before a person can have surgery.

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