07 Oct Preparing for Weight-Loss Surgery
Pre Existing Conditions
Are you thinking about preparing for weight-loss surgery? This is an important step as you are about to continue your weight loss journey. When undergoing a bariatric (weight-loss) surgery procedure such as a gastric sleeve, it’s important to consider the risks. This includes any pre-existing conditions you may have. Often obesity comes with other health conditions such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, to name a few. These pre-existing medical conditions will need to be carefully considered as they could affect your insurance.
Check Your Healthcare Plan for bariatric surgery Cover
You will be familiar with the healthcare insurance tv advertisements lobbying for people to sign up with a new shiny insurance policy. It’s important when taking out a healthcare plan or insurance policy to list any pre-existing condition you have or risk your healthcare cover being void. If you are considering undergoing weight-loss surgery, you should make sure to check whether your healthcare includes bariatric cover, as some plans include surgery but other insurance companies don’t.
It’s important to note that undergoing weight-loss surgery, such as a bariatric operation, can positively impact pre-existing conditions. Being obese can seriously impact your health. But having surgery to lose weight can help you to lead a healthier lifestyle and prolong your life expectancy. For healthcare insurance providers, having a policyholder who goes from being a very high risk to a high, medium or even a low risk is favorable.
Checking what your healthcare cover includes is a key part of preparing for weight-loss surgery. Failing to check can leave you open to serious financial risk. Especially if you haven’t been completely transparent with your pre-existing conditions. Look through your healthcare policy before making a final decision on your weight loss plan. For some patients, you might not even realize your healthcare insurance includes weight-loss surgery cover.
Let’s discuss preparing for weight-loss surgery and healthcare plans.
Preparing for bariatric surgery
When preparing for weight-loss surgery, some healthcare plans provide bariatric coverage. But often they do require six months of medically supervised weight loss classes (ie United, some Blue Cross and Blue Shield) or three months (ie Aetna), while some don’t require any weight loss classes at all (ie, Cigna, Medicare). Total out of pocket expenses are another variable to consider when preparing for weight loss surgery. The bottom line is looking closely at your healthcare insurance options and making the right choice.
Once you are locked into a healthcare plan and are fully aware of the policy requirements, it’s time to start preparing for weight loss surgery. 6 months of medically supervised weight loss classes may be required by your healthcare provider. We offer free weight loss classes in our program in the Denver area at Parker Adventist Hospital. If you make a head start by taking the weight loss classes now, you can undergo weight loss surgery sooner. Our weight loss classes focus on lifestyle changes that will help you success after surgery and during the process. You may even lose a few pounds before you have surgery.
Find the Best Weight Loss Surgery – Your Weight Loss Journey
If you’re about to start your weight loss journey or you’re already well on your way to undergoing weight loss surgery, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle. This is also key to ensuring you are still covered by your healthcare insurance policy. The success of life changing weight loss surgery depends on the success of the procedure and the patient post surgery. It’s your responsibility to follow healthcare advice and maintain a good nutritious diet and active lifestyle as much as possible. This will help to prevent any weight regain post surgery.
It can be particularly difficult to avoid indulging in sweet fatty food during the holiday season or during the summer when you might enjoy ice cream and lemonade, but it’s important to try to avoid this. It’s easy to pile the weight back on by snacking on high calorie food, junk food and processed food. Putting your weight loss goals at risk by doing this will impact your weight loss. Be determined and show some discipline and be sure to treat yourself – but not with food. It’s OK to enjoy food you like once in a while but eating fatty, creamy or sugary food daily will ruin all your hard work and efforts.
You will thank yourself in the end, because you will feel better both mentally and physically. You will also be better prepared for your gastric sleeve or gastric bypass operation. Try to keep in mind that the average adult gains around 10 pounds over the holiday season so don’t let yourself slip.
Weight Loss Surgery – Healthcare
Part of preparing for weight-loss surgery is looking into which surgery type is best for you. Take some time to look into all your options. 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 a distinct advantage over the laparoscopic approach. In fact, our patients have less pain and bleeding and go home sooner, which makes for better outcomes.
If you are looking to start your weight loss journey, it’s important to plan ahead. Preparing for weight loss surgery takes time. First you need to begin the process of evaluating the different types of weight loss surgery currently available to you as well as assessing the risk factors. You should also consider your personal needs and weight loss goals as well as the healthcare insurance you have. Once you have made a decision on how to plan to lose weight, our medical experts can help answer any questions you may have, and schedule a consultation. During a consultation, we can discuss your personal needs and your weight loss goals and put a plan into action so that you can get the best weight loss results. If this is something you have been considering, the time to act is now.
To book a consultation with a Colorado weight loss professional, or to talk to our experts about your individual weight loss journey, please feel free to contact us now. Call 303-861-4505. You are one step closer to a healthier, happier you.
Dr. Tom Brown, MD
Colorado Bariatric Surgery Institute