Not everyone is a good candidate for weight loss surgery. To find out if you qualify, you can meet with the team of physicians at St. Vincent Weight Management Center to talk about your current health status and weight control history.
Other factors may affect your eligibility and whether weight loss surgery is your best option. St. Vincent weight loss experts can help you determine what will work for you.
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To see if you are a candidate.
Getting your weight loss surgery covered by insurance may require demonstrating the medical need for the procedure. Here are steps you can take to get coverage for your weight loss surgery:
If your surgeon recommends weight loss surgery, he or she will prepare a letter to obtain pre-authorization from your insurance company. The goal of this letter is to establish the "medical necessity" of the surgery and gain approval for the procedure.
You'll have a greater chance of long-term success after surgery if you surround yourself with people who understand and support your goals:
If you qualify for weight loss surgery, it's important to understand that it's not a cure for morbid obesity. The only way to keep the weight off is by making a healthy diet and regular exercise part of your lifestyle.
You'll attend many meetings both before and after your operation at St. Vincent Weight Management Center. These meetings are required to ensure you receive the support and resources you need to make your weight loss surgery a success.
Surgery is only one part of your treatment plan. You'll have a whole team of specialists working with you to develop a long-term weight loss strategy. In addition to physicians, surgeons, anesthesiologists, dietitians, counselors, nurses, lab staff and insurance coordinators, your care team may also include specialists in cardiology, psychology and pulmonology. We'll also work with your primary care provider to ensure you receive seamless care after your operation.
"Words simply fail to describe how much my life has changed for the better. I literally am a new man – body, mind and spirit. Not only has the weight loss added years to my life, but also the quality of my life… I once truly thought that the best years were behind me, now I know they are just beginning." Randy
Morbid obesity is a chronic medical condition. A person who is morbidly obese:
The health effects of obesity are dire. Some of the most common conditions that may accompany obesity include:
In addition to these medical conditions, morbid obesity is associated with an increased risk for a shorter life expectancy. Even more, people whose weight exceeds twice their ideal body weight are twice as likely to suffer premature death compared to people who aren't obese—and their risk of death from diabetes or heart attack is five to seven times greater.
The social, psychological and economic effects of morbid obesity are also very real and can be especially devastating to a person's well-being.
The tools below will tell you your BMI and ideal body weight. These numbers are just a small part of understanding how your weight affects your health. Talk to your primary care provider to learn more about your current health status.
Despite conventional wisdom, obesity is not simply a result of overeating. Many causes may be contributing to your weight problem, including certain genetic, environmental and metabolic factors as well as eating disorders.
Research has shown that, in many cases, a significant underlying cause of morbid obesity is genetics. Just as some genes determine eye color or height, some may affect your appetite, ability to feel full, metabolism, fat-storing ability and even natural activity level.
Environmental and genetic factors work together. For example, if you are genetically predisposed to obesity, your lifestyle and environment may make controlling your weight more difficult. Fast food, long days sitting at a desk and suburban neighborhoods that require driving over walking all magnify hereditary factors such as metabolism and efficient fat storage.
Studies have shown that once a person is morbidly obese, dieting and exercising have a limited ability to provide effective long-term relief. Until researchers learn more about obesity, those who are morbidly obese must work every day to control excess weight.
Treatment options for morbid obesity include medically managed diet and exercise programs and weight loss surgery.
These treatment options do not cure morbid obesity. They are only attempts to reduce the effects of excessive weight and alleviate the serious physical, emotional and social consequences of the disease.