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When should I consider weight loss surgery?

You should start to consider weight loss surgery when your body mass index (BMI) is greater than 35. BMI is an estimate of body fat. Currently, insurance companies will consider coverage for weight loss surgery for people who have health problems and a BMI greater than 35, or those with a BMI over 40 and no health problems. Some weight loss procedures are done when a person’s BMS is less than 35. However, insurance companies currently don’t cover this.

Talk to your doctor about weight loss surgery before any health problems become more severe. Having weight loss surgery sooner can prevent certain health problems from starting and help others get better or go away.

You should consider weight loss surgery if your weight is affecting your life and health.

You should consider weight loss surgery if you are trying to lose more than 50 pounds and have tried medical weight loss programs in the past without much success. Ask your doctor if weight loss surgery is a good option for you.

You should consider weight loss surgery if you are morbidly obese, which is defined as having a BMI (body mass index) of 35 and above with at least one associated medical illness (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, gastroesophageal reflux disease, sleep apnea, arthritis, cardiac disease, etc.), or a BMI of 40 alone.

An individual should consider weight loss surgery when they feel their health is in jeopardy.

Weight loss surgery is best considered when you think your weight is getting in the way of your day-to-day activities and affecting your quality of life. In addition, you should consider weight loss surgery if you have obesity-related medical problems such as:

  • diabetes
  • high blood pressure
  • severe arthritis
  • sleep apnea
  • high cholesterol

If your BMI is above 30, and you have tried diet and exercise but nothing is working, your doctor might perform an endoscopic procedure.

If you are approaching or have a BMI above 40, or you have fairly severe diabetes, heart disease and so forth, your doctor might recommend weight loss surgery because it is the most effective way to combat these complications.

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