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Specialists in Obesity Surgery

The Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America. It affects one-third of the population in this country according to the American Obesity Association. This page contains information and support for permanent weight loss through gastric bypass surgery. Our highly trained and specialized staff facilitates understanding of your needs and assisting you in finding the right method to lose weight, the surgeon and even helps with the process of insurance law. This website was designed to provide detailed information regarding the advantages, disadvantages and risks involved with the weight loss procedure with gastric bypass surgery.The links below and to the left will provide you with helpful and accurate information on morbid obesity, weight loss surgery and the gastric bypass procedure.

We have also included interactive tools that will help you determine if you are a candidate for surgery as well as provide you with information regarding insurance coverage for the gastric bypass procedure.The surgical procedure of LAP-BAND

By creating a smaller gastric pouch, the LAP-BAND system limits the amount of food the stomach will sustain at any time. The inflatable ring controls the flow of food from this smaller bag to the rest of the digestive tract. The patient will feel comfortably filled with a small amount of food. And due to the slow emptying, the patient will continue to feel full for several hours reducing the urge to eat between meals.

Gastric bypass surgery via Roux en-Y

Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is generally considered the best surgical procedure for the treatment of morbid obesity.Weight loss is achieved by reducing the functional portion of the stomach to a bag of one ounce or less in size, and creating a stoma, a small opening between the stomach and the intestine. The small size of the stomach bag causes the patient to have a feeling of fullness after eating only a small portion of food. The small stoma delays the emptiness of the stomach, making the feeling of fullness longer. These are called the restrictive components of the procedure. The bowel member coming down from the small bag is called the Roux member.

Medical study of Gastric Deviation

When you can move around without too much discomfort, take food orally, and can do it without injecting pain medication (4 to 5 days), you will be ready to leave the hospital. When downloading, you will be given specific instructions on what you can and can not do and when you will return to the office for follow-up. You will need to stay with a liquid diet after discharge and receive additional surgeon instructions regarding your diet. Several weeks after you have left the hospital, you will be able to eat regular food in small quantities.

The advantages of the gastric bypass procedure

The advantages of the gastric bypass procedure outweigh the risks. It is expected that 75% of patients lose 75 to 80% of their excess body weight. Well over 70 to 80% of patients with hypertension are without medication and over 90% of patients with type II non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus are without medication. Improved drastically, if not fully resolved includes sleep apnea, asthma, joint pain, arthritis, reflux, fatigue, shortness of breath and a total sense of well-being.

Obesity and children

Young people today are considered the most inactive generation in history caused in part by reductions in physical education programs and by unreachable or unsafe community recreational facilities. In the United States, only the state of Illinois requires daily physical education for students in grades K through 12. Obesity in children and adolescents is a serious issue with many health and social consequences that often continue into adulthood . Implementing prevention programs and gaining a better understanding of treatment for young people is important in controlling the epidemic of obesity.

Candidates for Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric bypass surgery is recommended for those people who are 90 pounds or over overweight and have or are likely to have medical complications that are helped, and in many cases cured by substantial weight loss. While weight loss surgery is not for everyone, there are a large number of patients for whom losing a lot of weight is imperative, including those suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, shortness of breath, arthritis and problems Orthopedic (of the bone) with their legs, hips or back. Weight loss surgery actually fails on those people who drink large amounts of regular soft drinks, consume sweets, ice cream, snacks and fatty fried foods. If you are one of these people and you feel you can not switch to diet drinks and cut with sweets and fried foods, then gastric bypass surgery is not for you.

Risks of gastric bypass surgery

The statistic shows that 1 in 300 dies because of gastric bypass surgery. People suffering from morbid obesity may have other serious medical conditions that are related to or caused by being overweight. The higher your BMI is, the more likely it is that other medical problems will exist. Other medical problems may increase the risk of complications from gastric bypass surgery and the recovery period following gastric bypass surgery. Another risk factor is age, although this increases the need for surgery there is usually a higher risk. Any medical procedure involving humans and reactions to stress, trauma, drugs, and other causes, unpredictable negative results can and will occur. This surgery should be considered only after many attempts like diet control and exercise have failed. Diet and exercise will be required before and after this surgery.

Health Risks of Morbid Obesity

Cardiovascular disease of morbid obesity (CVD)

  • Morbid obesity increases the risk of CVD because of its effect on blood lipid levels.
  • Weight loss improves blood lipid levels by lowering triglycerides and LDL (bad) cholesterol and increasing HDL (good) cholesterol.
  • Weight loss from 5% to 10% may reduce total blood cholesterol.
  • The effects of morbid obesity on cardiovascular health can begin in childhood, and increase the risk of developing CVD as an adult.
  • Morbid obesity increases the risk of disease and death associated with coronary heart disease.
  • Morbid obesity is a major risk factor for heart attack, and is now recognized as such by the American Heart Association.

Insurance Coverage for Gastric Bypass Surgery

Most insurance companies will pay for gastric bypass gastric surgery procedures that are medically necessary. Morbid obesity is a life threatening disease and is normally covered. Aetna insurance is now asking for patients entire medical work along with pre-authorization request as well as documented weight loss attempts monitored by a physician during the past 2 years. They also want documented weight history for the past 5 years.

Many insurance schemes do not provide reimbursement for the treatment of weight loss. According to many physicians, few insurance compensation plans or private organizations for care appear to cover the costs of treating obesity regardless of whether the service is a medically supervised weight loss or maintenance program, nutrition advice, Surgery or a pharmaceutical product. The countless number of available insurance schemes and ever-changing policies have made it difficult to determine the extent to which treatment and obesity prevention services are covered by third-party insurers. More data and better follow-up are needed to determine the health needs of people with obesity.