Category Archive: bariatric surgery

Apr 29

More Good News about Weight Loss Surgery!

Our articles have often pointed out the proven value of bariatric surgery in reducing the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other obesity–related medical conditions. These results are now well accepted by the medical profession, the NIH and medical insurance carriers. Recently, news appeared that may add another important benefit to the gastric bypass or …

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Mar 04

Would you or a loved one benefit from bariatric surgery?

You may think that the strongest motivation for seeking bariatric surgery is the expected improvement in personal appearance. There is nothing wrong with this reasoning; the improvement in appearance can have definite medical, psychological and social benefits. However, to doctors, insurance companies and public health officials, there is a stronger incentive: saving money and lives. …

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Feb 11

Bariatric surgery misconceptions

Even though surgery for weight loss has become well accepted by professionals in academic medicine, public health and medical insurance, myths about bariatric surgery persist. Experts know that weight loss surgery has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing obesity-related disease. Insurance companies recognize that the cost of weight loss surgery is recovered by lowering future medical expenses, …

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Jan 25

Revision bariatric surgery

Most patients have heard terms like “bariatric surgery,” “weight loss surgery,” “gastric bypass surgery” or “gastric sleeve surgery.” Occasionally, they may come across the words, “revision surgery,” and wonder what the expression means. Revision surgery refers to any surgical procedure that is performed to reverse or correct a previous operation. Revision bariatric surgery is performed …

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Jan 11

Long-term durability of weight loss after bariatric surgery

Perhaps the most common misconception about weight loss surgery is that, “Most patients will regain the weight they lose after weight loss surgery over the years that follow.” Numerous studies have now demonstrated that this is not the case. The effectiveness of bariatric surgery in long-term weight control has been repeatedly confirmed. The medical profession …

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Dec 14

Insurance and Weight Loss Surgery

bariatric surgeryThere many misconceptions about bariatric surgery, including the mistaken idea that it is exclusively a cosmetic procedure. Because of that notion, patients may think that medical insurance will not pay for weight loss surgery. This is not the case; our office works with many, many health insurance organizations. We accept Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, …

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Aug 27

Increased Taste Sensitivity after Bariatric Surgery

Bariatric surgery procedures like the gastric sleeve and the gastric bypass are intended to produce significant and lasting weight loss in medically obese patients. The success of weight loss surgery in producing reductions in body mass index and body weight is an established fact. Bariatric surgery is unquestionably effective in producing and maintaining long-term weight …

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Aug 13

What is Bariatric Medicine?

Given the growing problem of obesity in the United States and the world, it is surprising that we do not hear the terms, “bariatric clinic,”  “bariatric physician,” “bariatrics” or “bariatrician” more often. The specialties and subspecialties of medical practice have tended to develop in order to fill specific, sometimes narrow needs. Cardiologists deal with heart …

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Aug 06

Latest Statistics for Bariatric Surgery in the United States

In June, The American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) published the latest statistics for weight loss surgery done in the United States. Once again, in 2017, the total number of weight loss surgeries grew, increasing to 228,000 bariatric surgery procedures nationwide. Taken alone, this figure sounds impressive; it is over a quarter of …

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Jul 27

Is bariatric surgery covered?

One of the reasons people give for not considering bariatric surgery is the belief that weight loss surgery will not be covered by their insurance policy. This may or may not be true; it may depend on a number of factors like body mass index, other medical problems (comorbidities) and the details of your medical …

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