Everyone needs health insurance. But how do you decide what type of plan to buy? If you’re preparing for weight loss surgery, you should know that not every insurance company covers the procedures.
Some companies pay for some types of weight loss surgery. Others offer limited or no benefits for bariatric surgery.
At WeightWise, we’ll work with your insurance company to figure out what benefits you can expect. Learn more about paying for weight loss surgery by reading our financial FAQ page.
Bariatric surgery is a safe and effective procedure. It’s the most successful route to permanent weight loss for those who are severely obese. Seventy percent of people who have bariatric surgery succeed in shedding 50 percent of their extra weight.
Weight loss surgery should be used more often as a treatment for diabetes recommends new guidelines. The guidelines were published recently in the journal Diabetes Care, a publication of the American Diabetes Association.
The new recommendations for using weight loss surgery for diabetes were endorsed by 45 health groups including the American Diabetes Association and the International Diabetes Federation.
Weight loss surgery’s success in dramatically improving Type 2 diabetes has been recognized in the past. The presence of diabetes and other weight-related diseases is a factor in deciding whether bariatric surgery is medically necessary for an obese person. However, the new guidelines are the first time the surgery has been recommended specifically to treat diabetes.
How Were the Guidelines Developed?
The guidelines were drawn after researchers analyzed 11 studies of diabetic patients. The patients were randomly divided into two groups. One group had weight loss surgery and the other was treated with standard care. The researchers concluded that bariatric surgery should be a regular option for some diabetes patients. The guidelines place more emphasis on control of blood sugar than on the amount of weight lost.
Bariatric surgery succeeds more often than any other treatment in helping obese people lose and keep weight off. Surgery is generally considered only after an obese patient has tried repeatedly to lose excess weight. The surgery is seen as a treatment first for obesity with improvements in comorbidities a bonus.
The new research isn’t recommending surgery for as a first option for all diabetes patient. Treatment guidelines are now recommending surgery be considered more routinely for certain patients.
Why Are the Guidelines Changing?
Experts hope the new guidelines bring greater awareness to weight loss surgery’s effectiveness at controlling Type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes affects around 26 million Americans. Those who are overweight and obese have a higher risk of developing the disease that interferes with the body’s ability to convert food into energy.
Type 2 diabetes is controlled through diet, exercise, medication and insulin. Patients don’t always succeed with standard treatments. When diabetes isn’t managed, it leads to more serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and amputation.
Losing weight improves control of Type 2 diabetes, but bariatric surgery’s benefits go beyond lost pounds. Some types of bariatric surgery help control diabetes in other ways. For instance, both gastric bypass and sleeve gastrectomy affect how the body handles insulin and blood sugar. The guidelines don’t recommend a particular type of weight loss surgery.
Only you and your doctors can decide if bariatric surgery is the right course for you. Learn more about the surgeries performed at WeightWise by joining us at one of our online or in-person seminars.
WeightWise Bariatric Program and Metabolic Center is excited to announce the addition of their new nurse practitioner, Marquis Hurst. We are thrilled to have her on the team, please join us in welcoming her to the WeightWise family!
Marquis was raised in Oklahoma. Destined to go to the University of Oklahoma, she graduated there with a bachelor’s of arts in psychology in 2007. She continued her education with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center with a bachelor’s of science in nursing in 2008 and a masters in nursing in 2012. While working on her master’s degree she worked at Oklahoma Heart Hospital as a registered nurse in the progressive coronary care unit.
Since graduation from her master’s program she has been working in the primary and urgent care setting providing quality care to patients across the lifespan. Marquis joins WeightWise Bariatric Program in June of 2016. She is very excited to be a part of the WeightWise team and looks forward to being directly involved in patient care as they continue their remarkable journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
In her spare time Marquis enjoys spending time with her family and friends, playing tennis, and spending time with her two dogs.
WeightWise is pleased to announce that we accept Aetna Health Plan. In the past many insurance policies didn’t cover bariatric procedures. Today, more companies are expanding coverage to pay for weight loss surgery. This is great news since bariatric surgery improves health and saves lives.
If you’re covered by Aetna, contact us if you’re considering weight loss surgery. We’ll help you determine if you’re a candidate for surgery.
The Single Anastamosis Loop Duodenal Switch (SADS) is a weight loss surgery now offered as a surgical option at WeightWise. This surgery is a modification of a well-known and very aggressive malabsorptive operation called the Duodenal Switch. The original Duodenal Switch (DS) operation carries a higher Type II Diabetes Mellitus (DMII) resolution and higher percentage of weight loss than any of the other currently available operations; however, the original DS also carries a significantly higher rate of malnutrition and severe vitamin deficiencies. The current outcomes for SADS is based on two years of patient follow up which show lower rates of malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies compared to the original DS, but with comparable weight loss and Type II Diabetes resolution.
Hair loss and Weight Loss Surgery. Why does it happen and what can you do about it?
One of the most common concerns following weight loss surgery is hair loss. Our hair is a large part of our appearance and body image. Having that image altered in any way is stressful for most of us. But while our hair is important to us for many psychological reasons, it is not vital to our body function.
During certain types of bodily stress, our body will make a choice. That choice is to shift nutritional stores away from our hair and toward vital organs. Reactive hair loss from metabolic and/or hormonal changes (like we see in weight loss) is called telogen effluvium.
Understanding obesity. What does that mean? We hear so much about obesity in the media—and also from many people who know nothing about the disease. Yes, that’s right- I said disease. Obesity is not a lifestyle choice, it is a disease. It is not just a matter of eat less, move more. It is about finding the individualized treatment for each person to lead a healthier life.
Watch this video to understand obesity from a more biological view and why it is so hard to lose weight long term just by eating less and moving more.
Time to Act on Obesity—video link
We are continuing the work of updating patient data (current weight, stats and labs) for a research study to be published in refereed medical journals.
This survey does not have to be printed, faxed, or mailed as did our previous data collection survey. We only ask that you fill out the information on the link below, then click submit. The fancy computers will do the rest.
Thank you in advance for your continued support! We are excited to contribute to the body of science with this research study for bariatric surgeries and the benefits that stem from weight loss.
Please spread the word, check out our website and “like” us on Facebook. If you have any questions, comments or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out. Alexis Persico
WeightWise Bariatric Program
ph: (405) 715-7177
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