It’s that time of year when the ads on Denver TV are abundant with health insurance companies lobbying for us to sign up with them for our 2020 insurance policy. That means it’s time to start planning for the new year. Many employers may reach out to you with different options for health insurance. If you have been thinking of weight-loss surgery in Denver, but have not had bariatric coverage, this is the time to look at your options carefully. Some plans cover surgery, while others do not.
Some plans provide bariatric coverage, but require 6 months of medically supervised weight loss classes (ie, United, some Blue Cross and Blue Shield) or 3 months (ie, Aetna), while some don’t require any classes (ie, Cigna, Medicare). Total out-of-pocket expenses are another variable to consider and carefully evaluate. The bottom line is looking closely at your insurance options and choose wisely.
Once you have locked into a policy and are aware of the requirements, start preparing. If 6 months of medically supervised weight loss classes are required, get started now. We offer them for free in our program in the Denver area at Parker Adventist Hospital. If you start now, by the first of the year you will be ready to do our consults, and plan for your surgery. The weight-loss classes focus on lifestyle changes that will help you succeed after surgery, and during the process you may even lose a few pounds.
We are also looking at the next few months that have plenty of holidays to celebrate. The temptation is to eat as much of your favorite treats, put weight-loss efforts on hold, and plan to deal with it once again in January. Don’t do it. The average adult gains 10 lbs between now and January 1st. Be determined to show some discipline—treat yourself to be sure, but try not to make it an everyday occurrence. You will thank yourself in the end, because you will feel better and be better prepared for your gastric sleeve or bypass.
Finally, this is a good time to look into which surgery you think may be best for you. Take some time to research your options for bariatric Surgery in Denver. The current gold standards for weight-loss surgery are the sleeve gastrectomy and the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass. At the Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute we perform our bariatric procedures robotically which has distinct advantages over the laparoscopic approach. Our patients have less pain and bleeding and go home sooner which makes for good outcomes.
So, please give us a call (303-861-4505) and we can help you with your weight-loss goals. If this is something you have been considering, the time to act is now.
Dr. Tom Brown, MD
Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute